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User Review  - e2d2 - LibraryThing

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

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User Review  - joannemonck - LibraryThing

Very dry reading. Took me quite awhile to plod through but a very thorough account of Ambassador Dodd's time in Germany as our American Ambassador in the years prior to WW II. Amb. Dodd was a normal ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Roger Brunyate - Goodreads

Fascinating, but Unfocused "Could almost be a novel!" This is a frequent comment for Erik Larson's non-fiction books exploring the intersection between historical moments and private lives. And it is ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Kyle - Goodreads

I enjoyed it but not as much as "Devil in the White City", which I would give four stars or "Isaac's Storm", which I would give five stars. Other readers have complained about Erik Larson ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Spencer Grafing - Goodreads

As usual, interesting book by Erik Larson. The 1930's-40's were a very interesting time in World History, especially in Berlin, and Germany as a whole. Before this book I knew little of the early ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Erin Taylor - Goodreads

I have read two other Erk Larson books (Devil in the White City and Thunderstruck) and was really looking forward to this work of nonfiction. WWII history has always interested me and here we look at ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Catherine Mustread - Goodreads

An interesting and detailed description of Dodd's time as ambassador in Germany during the 1930s. His whole family is described as very naive and his adult children as especially impressionistic and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - O Babs - Goodreads

Aside from the fascinating story, there are cautionary tales here. Was the appointment of this ambassador an accident? A case of honoring a political favor that FDR could not disregard or postpone? Or something more subtle? Chilling how misplaced he was. Then there was Martha. Oh, boy. Read full review

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

User Review  - Lauren Hyde - Goodreads

As long as you're prepared for a rushed ending, and highly frustrating main characters (rather than historical figures, which is how Larson paints Martha and Dodd in his use of their memoirs as his ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

As long as you're prepared for a rushed ending, and highly frustrating main characters (rather than historical figures, which is how Larson paints Martha and Dodd in his use of their memoirs as his ... Read full review


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