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In the garden of beasts: love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin

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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 G#65533;ring 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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Full title in the garden of beasts love terror and an american family in hitlers berlin
Author larson erik
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Diplomats -- United States -- Biography, Dodd, William Edward, -- 1869-1940, Germany -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945, Historians -- United States -- Biography, Large type books, National socialism -- Germany
title_display In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin
title_full In the Garden of Beasts Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin / Erik Larson, In the garden of beasts [sound recording] / by Erik Larson, In the garden of beasts [text (large print)] : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin / by Erik Larson
title_short In the garden of beasts :
title_sub love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin
topic_facet Audiobooks, Diplomats, Dodd, William Edward, Historians, History, Large type books, National socialism, Nonfiction, Social conditions