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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  - Jason - Goodreads

Being that this was my second time reading this, it hasn't lost any of its ability to chill me as was I believe probably the author's original intent! William Dodd was one of the most unusual ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Susan Liston - Goodreads

I was expecting so much from this, what went wrong for me? Well first off, the main "character", Ambassador Dodd is not remotely compelling. His wife and son are non-entities, barely mentioned. His ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Lexi - Goodreads

Like other Erik Larson books I've read, I enjoyed it and it was interesting, but there are places where the writing gets too heavy and therefore the book takes longer to get through than I would anticipate or like. Read full review

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

User Review  - Rob Mcclintock - Goodreads

I found the book most interesting as it showcased the run up to WWII in Hitler's Germany. The US Was someone in denial of the reality that was taking over Germany. I was impressed by William Dodd's ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ortegast - Goodreads

Fascinating. Had real immediacy and impact because I was in Berlin and Munich while reading it. Makes one ask again how the rise of Naziism in Germany was possible but even more importantly it should ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Michaelmonson84 - Goodreads

Interesting perspective on World War II. A little too much time spent on the love lives of minor characters, a few parts even objectionable. Read full review

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

User Review  - Patty Cleary - Goodreads

Loved the vivid descriptions of Berlin. The story of American willful denial of the build up to war, which our own ambassador was faithfully reporting to the President, is very interesting. The ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Brian Whittington - Goodreads

I just had my third date with Erik Larson. The first date (Devil in the White City) was that magical kind of encounter. You know the kind I speak of. When you are together you don't want your time to ... Read full review

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