Grateful to Mark Sommer for his wonderful review, ‘Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City’ a colorful look at 1901 Pan-Am
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
The Pan-American Exposition looms large in Buffalo’s story, but until now there wasn’t a book-length history to tell the story of the international showcase marred by the tragic assassination of President William McKinley.
Western New York native Margaret Creighton’s wonderfully informative, evocative and illuminating “The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair” more than fills that void.
Creighton’s flowing narrative, punctuated with descriptive details, forgotten figures and resonant issues, splashes technicolor on what could have been a conventional black-and-white canvas.