In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts

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Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of non-fiction fiction, and in his new book, best-selling author Devil in the White City explores an extraordinary story set during Hitler`s rise to power. It is 1933, the place in Berlin, where William E. Dodd becomes America`s first ambassador to Hitler`s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. Dodd, a mild-mannered Chicago professor, takes his wife, son, and showy daughter Martha with him. Martha is at first entranced by the festivities and pomp and by the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm to restore Germany to world rank. In love with the "New Germany", she has one relationship after another, including the surprisingly honorable first head of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution, corroborated by appalling first-person statements, his father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent foreign ministry at home. Dodd watches with concern as Jews are being attacked, the press censored, and scary new laws circulating. As the first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days of excitement, intrigue, romance and ultimately horror, when a climax of violence and murder reveals Hitler`s true character and ruthless ambition. Imbued with the tense atmosphere of that time and unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the anticipated charming - but utterly gloomy - Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts offers a breathtaking perspective of the events unfolding in real time. reveals an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is dazzling and compelling work that speaks volumes about why the world failed to see the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin and Europe were showered with blood and terror.

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