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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin - Erik Larson
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
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Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s... show more
Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance--and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror. “Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review  
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307408846 (0307408841)
ASIN: 307408841
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
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Heidi's Books
Heidi's Books rated it
5.0 In The Garden of Beasts
suzemo
suzemo rated it
This is the second of Larson's books that I've read, and I have to say that I liked this one a lot more. I suspect it's because he wasn't trying to parallel two stories (one of them a gorefest). This story is primarily about Ambassador William Dodd, an unlikely man for a foreign post, and his fa...
Myrto
Myrto rated it
4.0 In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
This was a really readable history of the handful of years leading up to Hitler's seizure of power in pre-WWII Germany. It's from the perspective of the American ambassador to Germany, who was of course station in Berlin, so he and his family had the unique point of view of a fairly privileged posit...
Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
3.0 Review: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
In this book, Larson takes one family and tells the story of the rise of Hitler through how it touched this family. Ambassador Dodd was possibly in over his head as soon as he arrived in Germany in 1933, but many who saw the signs of oncoming terror refused to believe them or weren't sure what to do...
Wrenegade
Wrenegade rated it
0.0 In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Did not finish (8%). I was really excited to read this, but couldn't continue wasting my time on it when there are other books that probably won't make me want to peel my eyes out of my skull in boredom.As stated by a few other reviewers, Erik Larson somehow manages to make a fascinating year in Ger...
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