In the garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
March 1, 2011
Erik Larson’s new book is In the garden of beasts: love, terror and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin. The ARC is so new there are no reviews yet, but here is part of what the publisher says:
“The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany .
A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. Martha, enamored of the “New Germany” 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.
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.”
Erik Larson is always popular. His former books include Isaac’s storm, Devil in the white city and Thunderstruck.
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