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In the Garden of Beasts : Love and Terror in Hitler's Berlin. Erik Larson

In the Garden of Beasts : Love and Terror in Hitler's Berlin. Erik Larson

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It's Berlin 1933. William E. Dodd a mild-mannered academic from Chicago has to his own and everyone else's surprise become America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proves to be a turning point in history. Dodd and his family notably his vivacious daughter Martha observe at first-hand the many changes - some subtle some disturbing and some horrifically violent - that signal Hitler's consolidation of power. Dodd has little choice but to associate with key figures in the Nazi party his increasingly concerned cables make little impact on an indifferent U.S. State Department while Martha is drawn to the Nazis and their vision of a 'New Germany' and has a succession of affairs with senior party players including first chief of the Gestapo Rudolf Diels. But as the year darkens Dodd and his daughter find their lives transformed and any last illusion they might have about Hitler are shattered by the violence of the 'Night of the Long Knives' in the summer of 1934 that established him as supreme dictator. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the times and with brilliant portraits of Hitler Goebbels Goering and Himmler amongst others Erik Larson's new book sheds unique light on events as they unfold resulting in an unforgettable addictively readable work of narrative history.

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Publisher
Black Swan Books, Limited
Book Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
587
Author
Erik Larson
ISBN-13
9780552777773
Publication Date
August, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.80 x 5.00 x 1.46 Inches
ISBN-10
0552777773
Customer Reviews
3.9
116 reviews
5 stars
26
4 stars
58
3 stars
28
2 stars
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1 star
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Top Positive Review
How could the world not s
How could the world not see what Hitler was doing? Larson gives us a view through the eyes of our ambassador to Germany from 1933-1937 and his family. Even though we think we know what was happening in Germany at the time, the surprise for me came in the rhetoric from our own State Department and the US population at large. Who knew that so many despised the Jews here? Mob mentality at its worst.
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1 customers found this helpful
Eh. A quick pop-history l
Eh. A quick pop-history look at the early years of the Third Reich. Lots of interesting characters are kept in the background, and only shown in little bits. Journalists, Reichsministers, and tyrants all shown too briefly. At least the book got me interested in finding out more about these ancillary figures. The author, bizarrely enough, focuses on some of the most boring and unsympathetic characters possible, a stuffy diplomat and his ... promiscuous daughter. How tiresome. Why on earth didn't Larson focus on any of the more interesting figures? He clearly found a lot.
Top Positive Review
How could the world not s
How could the world not see what Hitler was doing? Larson gives us a view through the eyes of our ambassador to Germany from 1933-1937 and his family. Even though we think we know what was happening in Germany at the time, the surprise for me came in the rhetoric from our own State Department and the US population at large. Who knew that so many despised the Jews here? Mob mentality at its worst.
Top Negative Review
1 customers found this helpful
Eh. A quick pop-history l
Eh. A quick pop-history look at the early years of the Third Reich. Lots of interesting characters are kept in the background, and only shown in little bits. Journalists, Reichsministers, and tyrants all shown too briefly. At least the book got me interested in finding out more about these ancillary figures. The author, bizarrely enough, focuses on some of the most boring and unsympathetic characters possible, a stuffy diplomat and his ... promiscuous daughter. How tiresome. Why on earth didn't Larson focus on any of the more interesting figures? He clearly found a lot.
1-5 of 116 reviews

Probably one of the best

Probably one of the best Kindle Daily Deals I ever bought. It tells the tale of the American diplomat in Germany in 1930s, powerless to stop the rise of the worst aspects of Nazism, indeed unable to know what best to do. It is also about his daughter who had an affair with the Head of the Gestapo and a Russian spy. I would go to bed early or even convince myself i was unwell so I could read more.

How could the world not s

How could the world not see what Hitler was doing? Larson gives us a view through the eyes of our ambassador to Germany from 1933-1937 and his family. Even though we think we know what was happening in Germany at the time, the surprise for me came in the rhetoric from our own State Department and the US population at large. Who knew that so many despised the Jews here? Mob mentality at its worst.

3.5 stars This book fo

3.5 stars This book follows the American Dodd family in Berlin in the 1930s, with the focus being 1933 and 1934. William Dodd, a history professor, was the US ambassador to Germany at the time, and his entire family, including his adult children in their 20s, moved to Berlin at this time, so they all experienced life in the German city during the rise of Hitler. The book primarily follows William and his 20-something year old (very promiscuous) daughter, Martha. The setting is certainly an interesting time and place, but I didn't like it as much as the other books I've read by Larson. I found the descriptions of what was going on in Germany interesting, but there was a lot of politics that I didn't find as engaging. Overall, though, I still thought the book was good, just not as good as his others, at least for me.

I read this a few years a

I read this a few years ago and enjoyed it. It was a very different perspective on the effects of Hitler's rule in Germany.

While I learned quite a b

While I learned quite a bit about the build-up of Hitler's power prior to the beginning of WWII, I have lingering reservations about the book in general. My theory is that Ambassador Dodd and his daughter Martha were avid journalers, so he had lots to include about them in this book. The other two in his family have virtually no personalities, as far as the reader can tell. Also, I think there's a little too much emphasis on Martha's sexual exploits, While interesting, it almost feels more titillating than truly valuable to the story of prewar Germany. Finally, I don't think that the overwhelming disapproval of Dodd by the State Department is fully explained. I recently read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, and that book did such a marvelous job explaining the Jim Crow south, the black migration to the north, and the resulting turmoil throughout the country that I can't help comparing these two books and wishing In the Garden of Beasts came closer to The Warmth of Other Suns in its analysis of the time and place.
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