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

By Erik Larson

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

 3.8 

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

 3.8 

Erik Larson is regarded as a master of narrative nonfiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White Cityturns his attention to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The year is 1933, and the location is Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's f... irst ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that will go down in history as a watershed moment. Dodd, a mild-mannered Chicago professor, is accompanied by his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. Martha is initially enthralled by the Third Reich's parties and pomp, as well as the handsome young men with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to world prominence. She has one affair after another, including with the surprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels, who is enamored of the "New Germany." However, as evidence of Jewish persecution grows, as evidenced by chilling first-hand testimony, her father expresses his concerns to a largely unconcerned State Department in the United States. As Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of terrifying new laws circulate, Dodd is alarmed. As the first year progresses and the shadows grow darker, the Dodds have days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and, eventually, horror, when Hitler's true character and ruthless ambition are revealed in a climactic spasm of violence and murder. In the Garden of Beastsgives a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity, suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that explains why the world failed to recognize Hitler's grave threat until Berlin and Europe were engulfed in blood and terror. This is an excerpt from the Hardcover edition.

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  • ISBN

    0307408841 , 9780307408846

  • FORMAT

    Kindle Edition

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    368

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