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

In this readable narrative, author Larson (The Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck) offers a real-life, eyewitness perspective inside the Nazi hierarchy as Hitler came to power. William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered professor from Chicago, became the first US ambassador to Hitler's Germany in 1933. Dodd, his wife, their son, and their 24-year-old daughter Martha lived in Germany for about five years. Drawing on Martha's diaries and letters, much of the book centers on Martha's romantic affairs with high-ranking Nazi officials and her eventual heroism as she realized Hitler's true character. Meanwhile, her father William Dodd informed the US State Department of increasing Jewish persecution, with little response from the State Department. The book sheds light on why it took so long for the world to recognize the threat posed by Hitler. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

 

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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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ISBN: 
9780307408846
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Date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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