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Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during . With each page, more horrors are revealed, making it impossible to put down. In the Garden of Beasts reads like the true thriller it is. -BookReporter.

Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power. a vivid, atmospheric panorama of the Third Reich and its leaders, including murderous Nazi factional infighting, through the accretion of small crimes and petty thuggery.

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Home Erik Larson In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror . He had never exhibited the overheated swoon so evident in other Nazi zealots, and as a consequence he was well liked by members of the diplomatic corps and a frequent visitor to the Dodds’ home.

Home Erik Larson In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. Martha’s father often spoke with him in terms more blunt than diplomatic protocol allowed, confident that Thomsen would relay his views to senior Nazi officials, possibly even to Hitler himself.

Start by marking In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror . 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

Start by marking In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. 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.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin is a 2011 non-fiction book by Erik Larson. Larson recounts the career of the American Ambassador to Germany, William Dodd, particularly the years 1933 to 1937 when he and his family, including his daughter Martha, lived in Berlin. The Ambassador, who earned his P.

Documents the efforts of the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, William E. Dodd, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship wi. . Dodd, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels. Includes bibliographical references (p. -651) and index. Das Vorspiel - The man behind the curtain - Into the wood - House hunting in the Third Reich - Lucifer in the garden - How the skeleton arches - Disquiet - Berlin at dusk - When everything changed - The queer bird in exile - "Table talk.

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How the United States dithered as Hitler rose to power is a cautionary tale that bears repeating, and Larson has told it.

How the United States dithered as Hitler rose to power is a cautionary tale that bears repeating, and Larson has told it masterfully. Like Christopher Isherwood''s Berlin Stories or Victor Klemperer''s Diaries, IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS is an on-the-ground documentary of a society going mad in slow motion. A master at writing true tales as riveting as fiction. a fresh picture of these terrrible events.

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Erik Larson IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin To the girls, and the next twenty-five (and in memory of Molly, a good dog) In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself in a dark wood where the straight way was lost. Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin. Like most people, I acquired my initial sense of the era from books and photographs that left me with the impression that the world of then had no color, only gradients of gray and black. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

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

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Mavegelv
Larson focuses on the first two years of the Nazi era in Germany, 1933-1934, when Chicago history professor William Dodd went to Berlin to serve as US ambassador. He was accompanied by his family, including his daughter Martha, who was 24 years old when they arrived in Germany.
Martha Dodd dated a series of dangerous boyfriends in Berlin, including a Soviet spy and the chief of the Gestapo secret police. In what may be the most ill-advised matchmaking attempt in world history, a mutual friend even tried to set her up with Adolf Hitler himself, although it never progressed beyond one brief meeting between the German leader and the American ambassador's daughter.

Foreign Service Officers may find the description of the 1930s-era Foreign Service to be of interest. Half-jokingly described as the "Pretty Good Club," the Foreign Service was then comprised mostly of wealthy men who were able to spend well beyond their government salaries while overseas. Anti-Semitic attitudes were both common and socially acceptable in the State Department of that era, which helps explain why America failed so miserably to accept Jewish refugees from Germany during the 1930s.

Wisconsin residents and University of Wisconsin alumni may be interested in a supporting character in the book, Milwaukee native and UW-Madison alumna Mildred Fish Harnack. She had moved to Germany and was a friend of the Dodd family in Berlin. Although she was an American citizen, she stayed in Germany after the war began, organized a anti-Nazi resistance group, and was executed by the guillotine on Hitler's orders in 1943. The University of Wisconsin Law School has an annual human rights lecture series named in her honor.
Arakus
An interesting angle on the history of Hitler's early years in power in Berlin. While her father is serving as Roosevelt's ambassador to Germany, Martha Dodd cavorted with Nazis, journalists, and foreign diplomats, including one from the USSR with whom she developed an intense on-again-off-again relationship. Both she and Ambassador Dodd were somewhat slow to recognize the full extent of the horrors being committed by the emerging Nazi regime. Dodd, an academic by nature who was far from Roosevelt's first choice for the job, finally began sounding the alarm and recommending preemptive action to avoid another world war but was seen as a Casandra by the old-boys club in the Department of State. Ultimately, of course, his warnings were proven to be correct but by then the Nazi war machine was too powerful to stop short of all-out war. Larson, has a knack for bringing history alive. Readable and Entertaining.
Whitestone
Larson does an excellent job transporting the reader back to the early days of the Third Reich, and the increasingly hostile and menacing climate which was developing for anyone not a member of the favored Aryan class, and of course, particularly the Jewish people who were subjected to ever more indignities. The book focuses on the idealistic new American ambassador and his family, who initially are determined to think the best of Hitler and Germany in general, certain that the Hitler and his various lieutenants are merely full of patriotic zeal and the desire to restore Germany as a healthy thriving country following the deprivations of WWI. Much time is spent on seeing the evolving situation through the eyes of the Ambassador's daughter as her understanding develops as a consequence of her various relationships and liaisons. This is for me, the book's primary flaw. Too much of the story is developed around the perspective of a relatively uneducated and unsophisticated dilettante who is mostly interested in her next date, and stubbornly persists in seeing the Nazis as well intentioned young men. This makes the book a more fun read in many ways, but it glosses over the underlying issues and events that lead to the rise of Hitler and the horror of Nazi Germany. It does, however, make it easier to understand how so many bought into the idea, that this was just a man tapping into nationalist, patriotic fervor, and not someone who would be allowed to develop into one of the most monstrous public figures in the history of mankind. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in Nazi Germany and the ominous and portentous early days of Hitler's rise. There are modern parallels to be drawn as well.
lifestyle
Another wonderful historic work from Erik Larson. Pre-war Germany, specifically Berlin, is the setting. The USA assigns an unlikely ambassador in the form of one William Dodd to the Berlin post. Dodd arrives with his family and starts to take stock of the task at hand. A self described "Jeffersonian Democrat", Dodd attempts to live within his means and dispenses with all the pomp and circumstance that usually accompanies such positions.

Dodd and his family kept diaries and wrote letters back and forth describing the changing climate in Germany and detail Hitler's rise to power. Fascinating. Violence against Jews is increasing unabated and neighboring countries, along with the USA, seem to be turning a blind eye. Dodd's daughter, Martha, falls right into the social scene and dates a string of SS men, Nazi's and a Russian official. The story evolves, along with Dodd's conclusions, into a wonderful historical description of Hitler's rise to ultimate power over Germany.

Highly summarized, the above description does NOT do justice to the engaging writing ability of Erik Larson. He can tell a story with a gift rare amongst none fiction novelists. Excellent work.

This book is most definitely on a par with Thunderstruck and I'm chomping at the bit waiting for Dead Wake to arrive.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin download epub
Historical
Author: Erik Larson
ISBN: 0307408841
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical
Language: English
Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (May 10, 2011)
Pages: 464 pages