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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin The time is , 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 historyA 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 Enad of the New Germany, she has one affair after another, including with the surprisingly 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 ambitionSuffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Goring 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


10 thoughts on “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

  1. Kemper Kemper says:

    Picture Principal Skinner from The Simpsons and Paris Hilton going to Nazi Germany, and you ll have a pretty good idea of what this book is like.I was split on Erik Larson s The Devil in the White City because I found the half of the book about the 1893 Chicago s World Fair incredibly interesting but thought the other half about serial killer H.H Hol


  2. Corina Corina says:

    I didn t think you could make the rise of Hitler boring, butthis was Ever so much 300 pages of But unknown to Dodd, all the rich dudes in the US hated him and were saying things like blah blah blah and Martha was having yet another affair and Everyone in Berlin seemed happy but THE ATMOSPHERE WAS TENSE that all led up to a rather anticlimactic Night of the


  3. Jeanette (Again) Jeanette (Again) says:

    Be prepared to stay up reading into the wee hours once you get your hands on this book It held my interest better than any novel, and it filled in all the gaps in my understanding of how Hitler was able to gain so much power so quickly, with so little opposition Erik Larson used the detailed diaries of William E Dodd and his daughter Martha to reconstruct a year


  4. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    In 1933, William Dodd, a Chicago academic is appointed the first American ambassador to Hitler s Germany He enters this cauldron accompanied by his family, most particularly by his very modern daughter, Martha Larson shows us the quickly changing Germany of 1933 through their eyes Erik Larson image from University of Washington photo by Mary CairnsWhile this is hardly


  5. Lewis Weinstein Lewis Weinstein says:

    Ambassador Dodd, perhaps one of the most unusual ambassadors to a major country we have ever had, was initially reluctant to criticize the Hitler regime, mainly due to his nostalgic memories of the time he spent studying in Germany decades before But it didn t take him too long to figure out just how horrible the Nazis already were in 1933 and 1934 Dodd s opponents in the S


  6. Lyn Lyn says:

    On November 9 10, 1938 Nazi Germany, using SA storm troopers and sympathetic civilians, carried out the Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, a series of systematic attacks targeting Jewish homes and businesses Almost 100 people were killed and thousands were wounded and or arrested and sent to concentration camps United States President Franklin D Roosevelt issued a harsh con


  7. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Want to know what it would be like to try to talk Satan out of being such a dick Consider reading In the Garden of Beasts Erudite but ineffectual historian, Dr William E Dodd was chosen to be Ambassador to Germany in the decade leading up to WWII, because President Roosevelt couldn t find anyone else willing to take on the job In 1933 Dodd was tasked with handling relations with a rabi


  8. Anne Anne says:

    This book is over hyped That is probably because Erik Larson is a very good writer and has a good reputation But his subjects, the Dodd family , are not worthy of his skills, so this review saysabout them that the author This book has some interesting parts, like a bit of an inside view of events and people, both German and American officials and citizens We see through their eyes how Hitler


  9. Lou Lou says:

    This story covers the Dodd family and their lives amongst the beast machine of Hitler s Nazi Germany Rosevelt asked Dodd to become the American ambassador to Hitler s Germany At that time Germany was in debt to America and owed loads of money and they looked like they were not going to pay so the need for the ambassador arose Dodd and his wife agreed to the position and so they left for Berlin, he


  10. Barb Barb says:

    I loved Erik Larson s The Devil in the White City , I found the subject matter fascinating and the writing fabulous In the Garden of Beasts is the second book I ve read by Larson and I m sorry to say the two don t compare.I ve read a fair number of books about the Holocaust and I did find the political maneuvering described in Garden interesting in a stomach turning, sickening kind of way But the people


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