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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

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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 ... Show synopsis

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  • A well told story Apr 3, 2014
    by Cordelia

    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.

  • An Entertaining Look Behind the Scenes Jan 2, 2014
    by Nancy S

    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
    by Eva P

    Excellent book. Led me to read all his other books. Learned a lot about US politics of the time.
    A page turner.

  • Great Book-Great Condition Sep 27, 2012
    by Maurice H B

    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

  • In the Garden of the Beast Jun 7, 2012
    by alan m

    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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