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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  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Not since Chem 110 have I come across a book so perfect for curing insomnia. The reader, in combination with the author's writing style, has the unique ability to make a 3 page chapter feel like 30 ... Read full review

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

User Review  - E2d2 - Goodreads

This was an engaging novelization of history. I say novelization because Larson weaves together a very particular kind of story about the Dodd family and 1930s Hitler in Germany. As fascinating as the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

Great history lesson along with a good story Read full review

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

User Review  - Ray Smith - Goodreads

Not a bad book, particularly the first half's recounting of the first days of Nazi Germany. Larson's descriptions of the insanity that lurked just below the country's calm facade were quite effective ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Amber Moore - Goodreads

If anyone thinks that the evil of Nazi Germany can not happen again...then you need to read this book. Read full review

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

User Review  - Harry Jr. - Goodreads

I love Erik Larson, and this tale of Hitler and Germany before WW II, seen through the eyes of a diplomatic family was simply fantastic. Read full review

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

User Review  - Tiera - Goodreads

This book was a little slow, but I enjoyed it. Read full review

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

User Review  - Shannon - Goodreads

I was amazed by this book - just the sentiments and thoughts of Americans living in Germany between The Great War and WW2. Erik Larson is always professional, and an excellent read! Read full review

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