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In the Garden of Beasts

Love, Terror, And An American Family In Hitler's Berlin

By Erik Larson

Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi 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 their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored 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 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, romance—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 readable 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.


Format: Book
Author: Larson, Erik
Summary: The bestselling author of "Devil in the White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. 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.
Title: In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin / by Erik Larson.
Publisher Date: New York : Crown, c2011.
Subject: Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940. Diplomats -- United States -- Biography Historians -- United States -- Biography National socialism -- Germany Germany -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
Isbn: 9780307408846 9780307408853 0307408841 030740885X
Current Holds: 1
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 6
Call Number: 943.086 Lar
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Bib Id: 356990

Format: Book
Author: Larson, Erik
Summary: The bestselling author of "Devil in the White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. 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.
Title: In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin / by Erik Larson.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Crown, c2011.
Description: xiv, 448 p. : ill ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940.
Subjects: Diplomats -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Historians -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: National socialism -- Germany
Subjects: Germany -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-434) and index.
Contents: Das Vorspiel -- The man behind the curtain -- Into the wood -- House hunting in the Third Reich -- Lucifer in the garden -- How the skeleton arches -- Disquiet -- Berlin at dusk -- When everything changed -- The queer bird in exile -- "Table talk".
LCCN: 2010045402
ISBN: 9780307408846
ISBN: 9780307408853
ISBN: 0307408841
ISBN: 030740885X
Requests: 1
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 6
Call Number: 943.086 Lar