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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  - Mel Laytner - Goodreads

The author takes a road-less-travelled approach to history. I appreciate that a lot. The writing is clear and not academic though not as lyrical as Barbara Tuchman. Nor does it attempt the broad sweep ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this. Hitler's rise to power in the 1930s is something that you learn in history classes, so that part was a little redundant, but I'd never heard of Dodd before. I found it ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Dana Gillis - Goodreads

Erik Larson does an excellent job of capturing the tension of pre-WWII in Germany. Larson's strengths as a historical writer include creating a "story" that captures the reader's attention, while ... Read full review

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

User Review  - blakeR - Goodreads

For some reason I thought this was going to be a historical novel, so any disappointment I felt at its dryness is due to my faulty expectations. It was dry though, even by non-fiction standards, and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Cj - Goodreads

Loved and hated this book. Hated the history and the truth of what people endured. Loved the story and the characters. I had NO clue there was a movie .. will look for it to watch. Although there were parts that I was close to tears. There were parts that made me happy as well. Very well written. Read full review

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

User Review  - Kimberly Cook - Goodreads

I gave this book 4 stars because for whatever reason it managed to keep me coming back. I read other reviews here that I agree with in part that Dodd was a rather dull character with a daughter who ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Claudia Foglein-Goins - Goodreads

At first I found the Dodds to be the most idiotic family ever and I still think that they were an odd, bad choice for Ambassador to Germany . Dodd himself was a lazy academic and quite annoying as a ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Cecilia - Goodreads

Am I suffering from WWII fatigue? I did not love this book as much as I did Devil in the White City and Dead Wake. At some point I got tired of Ambassador Dodd's whining and his daughter's trysts ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jo Beth Jimerson - Goodreads

I very much enjoyed this. I know some reviews discussed wanting more information on the mother and brother, but I assume there were simply more historical documents for the characters foregrounded ... Read full review

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