In 1933, President Roosevelt personally selected William E. Dodd to be the United States ambassador to Nazi Germany. Dodd took his family with him, including his daughter Martha. Initially enamored with the Nazi party and its passion, Martha supported the Third Reich. However, when Hitler's violent policies became apparent, Martha changed her ...
In 1933, President Roosevelt personally selected William E. Dodd to be the United States ambassador to Nazi Germany. Dodd took his family with him, including his daughter Martha. Initially enamored with the Nazi party and its passion, Martha supported the Third Reich. However, when Hitler's violent policies became apparent, Martha changed her opinion and watched in horror. Here, author Erik Larson offers a chilling first-person account of Germany's transformation under Hitler's rule.
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New in New jacket. 1st Printing. Stated first edition and the number line on the copyright page ends in 1. 448 page hardcover, includes map endpapers ("The Tiergarten, 1933" at front, "Pharus-Plan Berlin" at back), several pictures in the text (all but one captioned), also includes an Index. "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...Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Goring and the expectedly charming-yet wholly sinister-Goebbels, (this book) 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." New, unread copy: spine square/some bumping at heel else the book is perfect with NO markings throughout. The dj is a TINY bit rubbed on back, flaps have one VERY short and VERY faint crease else it's perfect, also, with no other flaws. NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, NOT a remainder, dj NOT price-clipped ("$26.00"). New in New dj.
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New in New jacket. 8vo. New York: Crown, 2011. Reprint. 8vo. Hard cover binding, 448 pp. A stunning eyewitness account of Hitler's rise to power. Non-fiction. New in new dust jacket, protected with an archival-quality mylar cover.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
by Erik Larson
Larson relates the facts about the William Dodd experience, and in doing so reveals some of the quotidian horrors of the Reich and the political horrors of the diplomatic services.
He gives this history a life with faces and flesh.
Jan 2, 2014
An Entertaining Look Behind the Scenes
Life in the pre-World War II, 1930s American embassy in Germany is revealed, The book gives a close-up view of William Dodd and his family as they arrive, settle in, and finally leave Germany. The family's struggle to understand what was happening around them as Hitler consolidated his power is compellingly written. Like other evil geniuses, Hitler was a master at deception and manipulation -- fooling the Dodd's was child's play. There are lessons to be learned from this insightful book.
Dec 13, 2012
Excellent book. Led me to read all his other books. Learned a lot about US politics of the time.
A page turner.
Maurice H B
Sep 27, 2012
Great Book-Great Condition
This book came just as advertised,it was in absolute perfect condition-brand new. It is also a a marvelous read about the experiences of the newly appointed American ambassador to Hitler's New Germany beginning in 1933. His name was William Dodd, a simple, decent, and honest man. Perhaps he was too decent for the job of ambassador, or maybe he was just what the job needed....Maurice H Bank
Jun 7, 2012
In the Garden of the Beast
Every time I think there's nothing left to learn about the holocaust more relevant information shows up. Well written and absorbing. If only it were a work of fiction.
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