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

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

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America'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 w The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a yea...

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Title:In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Author:Erik Larson
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Genres:History
ISBN:In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

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

  • Laila
    Aug 06, 2012
    Quite possibly the most boring book written on one of the most riveting times in recent history. I struggled to get through this. Larson raises many good questions, namely WHY was the international community so ready to ignore the ominous rise of Hitler? I still don't know, even though...
  • Madeline
    May 10, 2017
    A few months ago, I finally figured out how to borrow audiobooks from the library and listen to them on my phone, which has been great for both my commute and my to-read list (lately I don't seem to have the time or inclination to sit down and read books for long periods of time, so th...
  • Kemper
    Jul 23, 2011
    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 like. I 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 i...
  • Kristine
    Mar 31, 2011
    UPDATE: OhMyHannah! I finally finished this flipping book. I really appreciated the information and content. As a 30 year old I can look back at the story of the Nazis and say, "What the?!! How could a whole international community even ALLOW this dynasty to begin?" This book will answ...
  • Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
    Mar 29, 2011
    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 quickly, with so little opposition. Erik Larson used the ...
  • Barb
    Jan 25, 2011
    I loved Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City', I found the subject matter fascinating and the writing fabulous. 'In the Garden of Beasts' is the second book I've read by Larson and I'm sorry to say the two don't compare. I've read a fair number of books about the Holocaust and...
  • Corina
    May 30, 2011
    I didn't think you could make the rise of Hitler boring, but...this 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 b...
  • Maureen
    May 10, 2011
    Eric Larsen has a talent for taking a big event, like the Galveston flood of 1900 (Isaac's Storm), the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 (The Devil in the White City) , or the implementation of the transatlantic cable (Thunderstruck) and combining it with a compelling individual's story. He...
  • Will Byrnes
    Mar 28, 2011
    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 quickly changing Germany of 1933 through their eyes....
  • Jason Koivu
    Aug 15, 2013
    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 Beasts! Erudite but ineffectual historian, Dr. William E. Dodd was chosen to be Ambassador to Germany in the decade leading up to WWII, because President Roosevelt cou...
  • Emily
    Jul 05, 2011
    I guess I could call this a group biography of William Dodd, a mild-mannered Midwestern professor who became US Ambassador to Germany in 1933, and his daughter Martha Dodd, a female playboy who quickly became infatuated with the glamour of Berlin nightlife. It makes for a readable stor...
  • Lyn (Readinghearts)
    Mar 29, 2011
    This is the newest book by the author who wrote The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. If you are a history aficionado like me, especially if you are intrigued by Germany during the time of the Third Reich, then this is the book for yo...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Apr 02, 2012
    Interesting book with a lot of value. There's a real warning here as well as a look at the rise of Hitler and the Nazis through multiple eyes. I think there are some applicable lessons in this volume that apply to situations that are current. William Dodd was in many ways a sort of ...
  • Jill
    Mar 23, 2011
    Before you even think of reading Erik Larson?s latest masterwork, clear your calendar, call in sick, send the kids to grandma?s, and place all your evening plans on hold. You will not want to come up for air until you?ve reached the last pages. It?s that good. In his preface...
  • Lewis Weinstein
    Feb 10, 2012
    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 fig...
  • Helen
    Oct 16, 2011
    A completely riveting book, dealing mostly with one pivotal year, 1933, during the last few ticks of the clock before Hitler seized total power in Germany. Larson parses every faction of the Nazi Party; every evil personality, every evil viewpoint, every indefensible position, in clear...
  • Anne
    Aug 20, 2011
    This book is really over-hyped. It 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 more and more power over Germany. Also, there are several appearances...
  • Melanie
    Nov 27, 2016
    This was a very interesting read for me that read almost like fiction. I learned new things about Hitler and Germany. The book takes place just as Hitler is gaining power. The author uses excerpts from people's diaries which gave me a real feel for the time as opposed to just reciting ...
  • Lou
    May 14, 2011
    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 ...
  • Amy
    Jun 02, 2016
    An insider's view of Hitler's rise, In the Garden of Beasts details William E. Dodd's time as the United States Ambassador to Germany from 1933-1937. Not being an avid non-fiction reader (although I'm getting better about that), it is sometimes hard for me get through a book choc f...
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  • Lyn
    Apr 19, 2012
    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 arreste...
  • Gabi Harris
    Sep 10, 2011
    Although not Jewish, I grew up among Holocaust survivors and displaced Jews. They could never answer the question: "How could such civilized people commit such atrocities?" and not just in Germany. This book comes a little closer to answering the question. I feel as if the incremental ...
  • Bam
    Aug 17, 2017
    *3.5 stars. William E. Dodd was not President Roosevelt's first choice for his ambassador to Germany in 1933 and many in Washington thought the mild-mannered college history professor was ill-suited for the job. He wasn't rich and flamboyant; he wasn't a member of the "pretty good ...
  • Vaso
    Nov 20, 2018
    dnf ...
  • Rick Riordan
    Nov 08, 2013
    a fascinating story about the American ambassador to Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Hindsight is twenty-twenty, but this book does a good job recapturing a time when everyone was desperate to believe that the Nazis actually wanted peace. The book shows how the ambassador's idealistic young...
  • Joe
    Dec 11, 2013
    It?s 1933. William E. Dodd ? a name that most likely doesn?t ring an historical bell - was 64 years old, a transplanted southerner and the History Department Head at the University of Chicago. Dodd was feeling his age and also a little sorry for himself, having not realized his l...
  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    Dec 21, 2016
    The amount of cautionary stories with the backdrop of Nazi Germany or WWII in general is astronomical. We all know we don't want something like this to happen again. And yet, to read something like this and realize that all the warning signs were clearly present and just as clearly ign...
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