In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik LarsonTitle:  In the Garden of Beasts:  Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

Author:  Erik Larson

Call #:  943.086 LAR

A compelling look at Germany in the 1930’s, the beginnings of Hitler’s reign and the many signs of the horror to come.  William E. Dodd, a professor from Chicago, was not President Franklin Roosevelt’s first choice to be America’s ambassador to Germany.  Considered too plain, frugal and passive to be an effective diplomat, he was disliked by many in the U.S. State Department.  Though unhappy in the position, Dodd tried to do his job well and over a period of time came to understand the brutality and philosophy of the Nazi Party would lead the world into a great war.  It was only after it was too late did the American government, including those who mocked him, realize he was right.

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