In the Garden of Beasts

Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
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Product Number: Z100023803
Released: May 10, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307914606
Narrator/s: Stephen Hoye
Publisher: Books on Tape
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"Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes."-New York Times Book Review Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, 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. 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 GOring 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.

Author(s): Erik Larson
Genre: History
Awards:2013-New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: May 10, 2011

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Author(s): Erik Larson
Genre: History
Product Number EB00154504
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: #9780307887955

Professional reviews

"Professor William E. Dodd, FDR's fifth choice for the post of American ambassador to Germany in 1933, was na•ve and unsuited to the lavish diplomatic highlife. However, his flamboyant daughter, Martha, fit right in, growing infatuated with Berlin and Nazism. Stephen Hoye narrates Erik Larson's absorbing look at pre-WWII Germany, when Germany was crawling back from political and economic upheaval. Using journals, letters, and secondary and archival source material, Larson recounts the increasingly chaotic environment of diminishing civil rights, increasing anti-Semitism, violence, and brutality. Hoye's gripping performance chills to the soul. Dodd's warnings to Washington of Hitler's dark motives went unheeded partly because Washington feared that, if censured, Germany wouldn't pay its postwar debts. Hoye's edgy reading makes familiar events seem no less nightmarish. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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