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The Devil in the White City

Erik Larson

Character List and Analysis John Root (Burnham Plot)

John Root is the partner of Daniel Burnham; he accepts the challenge of building the 1893 Chicago World's Fair along with Burnham. Root is the perfect partner and complement to Burnham. While Burnham has the business savvy and people skills, Root is truly the architectural genius behind the duo. Root's intelligence and depth are something that people, including Burnham, admire. Unfortunately, Root suffers illness and dies before the fair really even begins construction.