When you virtually browse the bookshelves of Amazon.com you will find pages of books about the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, made even more famous in the popular imagination by Erik Larson's best selling The Devil in the White City (2004). There is even a computer game on that world's fair called 1893: A World's Fair Mystery, about a diamond heist conducted at the exposition. Now, try to search the 1933––34 Century of Progress fair, either on that website or on any number of antiquarian book sites. You will find some archival publications dating from the time of the fair, but you will be hard pressed to find anything more recent, such as a historical survey——that is, until now. Historians are fortunate that there have been two recent books on that Chicago world's fair, both being very welcome additions...

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