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In the Garden of Beasts

Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Erik Larson

Set in 1933 Berlin, the first American ambassador to Nazi Germany watches with growing concern as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts. While his flamboyant daughter is caught up in the excitement of the "New Germany," the Dodds experience intrigue, romance, and ultimately, horror as Hitler's true character and ruthless ambition are revealed. With unforgettable portraits of top Nazis, In the Garden of Beasts offers a gripping, eyewitness account of events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity.
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Honorable mention to a few other books I really enjoyed this year: Winners Take All, by Anand Giridharadas; Automating Inequality, by Virginia Eubanks; Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero, by James Romm; In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larsen; AI Superpowers, by Kai-Fu Lee; Antarctica, by Kim Stanley Robinson, and its true-life counterpart, Mawson's Will, by Lennard Bickel.      source
@egayle333 Ellyn, with respect Hitler was always clear about his intent. A great book to read from a US perspective is In the Garden of Beasts. Trump is much more analogous to Mussolini.      source
"In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" Great book. Learned a lot. Didn't exactly quiet the mind before bed.      source
Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and In the Garden of Beasts by @exlarson Longitude & Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel      source
@msuster That is truly one of my most favorite books & a book I’ve recommended for years to everyone in my life. The Germans description of feeling “anesthetized” during the whole horror. People who didn’t have any issues with Jewish people say just they inexplicably swept up by Hitler.      source