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    Picture Principal Skinner from The Simpsons and Paris Hilton going to Nazi Germany and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what this book is likeI was split on Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City because I found the half of the book about the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair incredibly interesting but thought

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    I didn't think you could make the rise of Hitler boring butthis was Ever so much 300 pages of But unknown to Dodd all the rich dudes in the US hated him and were saying things like blah blah blah and Martha was having yet

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    In 1933 William Dodd a Chicago academic is appointed the first American ambassador to Hitler’s Germany He enters this cauldron accompanied by his family most particularly by his very modern daughter Martha Larson shows us the uickly changing Germany of 1933 through their eyesErik Larson image from University of Washingto

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    Be prepared to stay up reading into the wee hours once you get your hands on this book It held my interest better

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    Ambassador Dodd perhaps one of the most unusual ambassadors to a major country we have ever had was initially reluctant to criticize the Hitler regime mainly due to his nostalgic memories of the time he spent studying in Germany decades before But it didn't take him too long to figure out just how horrible the Nazis already were in 1933 and 1934 Dodd's opponents in the State Department wouldn't listen President Rooseve

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    On November 9 10 1938 Nazi Germany using SA storm troopers and sympathetic civilians carried out the Kristallnacht or Night of Broken Glass a series of systematic attacks targeting Jewish homes and businesses Almost 100 people were killed and thousands were wounded and or arrested and sent to concentration camps United States President Franklin D Roosevelt issued a harsh condemnation stating that “he could scarcely be

  7. says:

    A uite interesting non fiction which presents Ambassador William E Dodd's difficult diplomatic mission during the birth of

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    Want to know what it would be like to try to talk Satan out of being such a dick? Consider reading In the Garden of BeastsErudite but ineffectual historian Dr William E Dodd was chosen to be Ambassador to Germany in the decade leading up to WWII because President Roosevelt couldn't find anyone else willing to take on the job In 1933 Dodd wa

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    This book is over hyped That is probably because Erik Larson is a very good writer and has a good reputation But his subjects the Dodd family are not worthy of his skills so this review says about them that the author Thi

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    This story covers the Dodd family and their lives amongst the beast machine of Hitler's Nazi Germany Rosevelt asked Dodd to become the American ambassador to Hitler's Germany At that time Germany was in debt to America and owed loads of money and they looked like they were not going to pay so the need for the ambassador arose Dodd and his wife agreed to the position and so they left for Berlin he also invited his two gro

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Ce and ultimately horror when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming yet wholly sinister Goebbels In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity The result is a dazzling addictively listenable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin and Europe were awash in blood and terror© Stephen Hoye P Random House Audio. This book is over hyped That is probably because Erik Larson is a very good writer and has a good reputation But his subjects the Dodd family are not worthy of his skills so this review says about them that the author This book has some interesting parts like a bit of an inside view of events and people both German and American officials and citizens We see through their eyes how Hitler was able to take and power over Germany Also there are several appearances of the Jewish Bella Fromm a popular society journalist of the day She brought intelligence and wit into this book whenever she appeared on the page We also meet Hans Fallada one of the few German writers who did not flee Germany before or during WWII Meeting Hans Fallada and Bella Fromm were the highlights of the book for meThe other half of the book we are left with Martha Dodd s sexual exploits with Nazis Russians whomever comes along to give her a thrill These parts are not only boring but are out of step with the serious concerns of the rest of the book Every time the story moves from Ambassador Dodd s work and events in Germany to Martha s sex life Larson switched genres from History to Romance and I can t say that he writes the latter particularly well Then there is the fact that the Dodd s are anti semitic Martha writes in a letter to Thornton Wilder We my family sort of don t like Jews anyway Her father the American diplomat to Germany says we have had difficulty now and then in the US with Jews who had gotten too much of a hold on certain departments of intellectual and business life Their words speak for themselvesThere are so many other books about Hitler s rise to power which are so much better than this one but if you want to read this book anyway just keep your expectations low

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

Garden of PDF #200 Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non fiction and in his new book the best selling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power the Garden of Beasts Love eBook #214 The time is the place Berlin when William E Dodd becomes In the PDFEPUBAmerica’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history A mild mannered professor from Chicago Dodd brings along his wife son and flamboyant daughter Martha At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with the Garden of eBook #. I didn t think you could make the rise of Hitler boring butthis was Ever so much 300 pages of But unknown to Dodd all the rich dudes in the US hated him and were saying things like blah blah blah and Martha was having yet another affair and Everyone in Berlin seemed happy but THE ATMOSPHERE WAS TENSE that all led up to a rather anticlimactic Night of the Long Knives I really just didn t care for anyone in the Dodd family Dodd himself seemed stuffy and did not over the course of the book seem to have the brilliant insight into the implications of the Nazi regime with which the epilogue credits him Martha was pretty insufferable and ultimately I had no idea why so much time was spent on her affairs I would ve vastly preferred a book about characters named only briefly like Bella Fromm or Sigrid Schulz

Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß Erik Larson

10003 their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence Enad of the “New Germany” she has one affair after another including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo Rudolf Diels But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts confirmed by chilling first person testimony her father telegraphs his concerns to the Garden of Beasts Love eBook #214 a largely indifferent State Department back home Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked the press is censored and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen the Dodds experience days full of excitement intrigue roman. Be prepared to stay up reading into the wee hours once you get your hands on this book It held my interest better than any novel and it filled in all the gaps in my understanding of how Hitler was able to gain so much power so uickly with so little opposition Erik Larson used the detailed diaries of William E Dodd and his daughter Martha to reconstruct a year in the life for Americans in Berlin from 1933 to 1934William Dodd had no idea what he was saying yes to when President Roosevelt offered him the position of ambassador to Germany in 1933 Dodd had fond memories of the Germany of 40 years before when he d attended college in Leipzig Upon arrival in Berlin he and his family discovered a Germany already in the grip of terror a mere six months after Hitler had been appointed chancellor Storm Troopers were attacking people in the streets Communists and liberals were already being sent to concentration camps without due process As ambassador Dodd found he was reuired to attend diplomatic functions and rub shoulders with the monsters of the new regime As the horrors worsened he found this increasingly repugnant and tried doggedly to convince those in Washington that intervention was necessary His entreaties fell mostly on deaf ears Dodd s bosses were concerned about getting Germany to pay off their huge debt to America while maintaining an isolationist position with regard to foreign conflicts While Dodd struggled with his diplomatic duties his young daughter Martha was treating her time in Berlin as a lark She dated and consorted with highly placed Nazis including some of the most abominable of Hitler s minions At first she enthusiastically endorsed the Nazi agenda and its effect on the New Germany By the winter of 1933 34 however she too was living in terror This didn t seem to put much of a damper on her dating life though and she gained a reputation as uite a round heeled girl In late June of 1934 came The Night of the Long Knives in which Hitler orchestrated the rapid execution of hundreds of Storm Troopers and other enemies some seemingly at random That August President Hindenburg died Hitler uickly took control and achieved absolute power William Dodd remained in his position as ambassador for three years during which American leaders continued to refuse his reuests for intervention in Nazi GermanyThis book has already earned a permanent place in my home library I can t recommend it highly enough Great care has been taken to provide all the little things that prevent confusion and make a book easier to read and understand I would give it six stars if I could