Here are some things that we could discuss at our meeting:
1. In what ways does the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 change America? What lasting inventions and ideas did it introduce into American culture? What important figures were critically influenced by the Fair?
2. At the end of the book, Larson suggests that, "exactly what motivated Holmes may never be known" (395). What possible motives are exposed in the story? Why is it important to try to understand the motives a person like Holmes?
3. In what ways is The Devil in the White City like a novel?
4. What is the essential difference between men like Daniel Burnham and Henry H. Holmes? Are they alike in any way?