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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (Large Print)


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ISBN13: 9780739378144
ISBN10: 0739378147
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“Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review


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.

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ERIK LARSON is the author of the national bestsellers Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm.

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Garylovestoread, May 23, 2012 (view all comments by Garylovestoread)
An amazing story of an amazing time in world history. Mr. Larson recreates the Berlin of the 1930s, which went from being one of the most cosmopolitan capitals of the world to one of the most dangerous places on Earth, led by a group of fanatics who would best have been locked up in an underground cave. Suffused with the tense atmosphers of the period, this books lends a stunning eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time. President Roosevelt, trying to balance the needs of the United States to extricate itself from the depth of the Great Depression with the need to focus on the faling ideals and of a dangerous Europe. The result is a dazzling work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, Europe, and the world were awash in blood and terror. I recommend this book to any reader who needs to know about the history of this country and world, and why it is so imporant to know what is currently happening to countries around the world as we fight to extricate ourselves from this worldwide recession and ultimate Depression.
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Larson, Erik
Random House Large Print Publishing
Modern - 20th Century
General True Crime
World History-Germany
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