The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 changed the way people thought of Chicago. That it was a success produced a lot more respect for the city than it previously had in the eyes of the world. This book is the story of how that was accomplished, against great odds, and in addition it tells the story of the serial killer who plied his trade near the location of the fair at the same time. One of the triumphs of the fair was the first Ferris Wheel, which helped to make it successful. Another was the participation of many different nations. Buffalo Bill brought his Wild West Show and the sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Many young women disappeared around the time of the fair. Problems with communication that don't exist today let the killer get away with his grisly deeds for years before he was even suspected. The book gives a good picture of how people lived at that time, and how much better off we are today. After reading it you will count your blessings.