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IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A sometimes improbable but nevertheless true tale of diplomacy and intrigue by bestselling author Larson (Thunderstruck, 2006, etc.).William E. Dodd, the unlikely hero of the piece, was a historian at the University of Chicago in the early 1930s, tenured and unhappy, increasingly convinced that he was cut out for greater things than proctoring exams. Franklin Roosevelt, then in his second year in ... Read full review

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

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Kate Ayers

William E. Dodd, a professor of history at the University of Chicago, has become the United States ambassador to Germany. His timing couldn't have been much worse. World War I has ended, and Germans are in the process of rebuilding their country. At the same time, a powerhungry man named Adolf Hitler is poised to place himself at the head of the new Germany. This is the dawn of the Nazi ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Rebecca King - Goodreads

Another winner by Erik Larson. Meticulously researched and well documented, the story of Hitler's accelerating war machine and truly terrifying plan comes to life via this gifted storyteller. The ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jenn Bechtel - Goodreads

I've enjoyed reading this account of an American ambassador and his family's experience in Nazi Germany as Hitler was coming into power. The hijinks of Dodd's daughter are really something...she ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ellen - Goodreads

Having totally enjoyed Larson's "The Devil in the White City", I was looking forward to reading this newer book. It was definitely more engaging than I would have imagined, given the setting Berlin ... Read full review

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

User Review  - BookSwap Sweets - Goodreads

My favorite Larson read. His best so far. Read full review

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

User Review  - Joe Blackstad - Goodreads

As in other books, Larson juxtaposes the pinnacle of human ingenuity and innovation with the horrors of society. What is great about In the Garden of Beasts, is that the singular tale of the Dodd ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Bre - Goodreads

First off, reading about this period in history is very literally depressing for me. Overcoming that hurdle with the help of my friends... As a story one of the main protagonists is a self-centered ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Davecon - Goodreads

This is a non fiction account of the rise of the Nazis in the 1930's written by Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City. It reads like a documentary which at times becomes a bit tedious but ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ali Pasha - Goodreads

This was quite the intimate story about the rise of Nazi power in Germany from the perspective of Ambassador Dodd and his daughter Martha Dodd. It shows the world in which Hitler lived and prospered ... Read full review

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