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In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin / Erik Larson.

In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin / Erik Larson.
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LP 943.086 LARS
Large Print   Watsons Bay . Available .  
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ISBN 0739378147
Author Larson, Erik, 1954-
Title In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin / Erik Larson.
Edition Large print ed.
Publisher/Date New York : Random House Large Print, 2011.
Pagination etc. xvii, 676 p. (large print) : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography, etc. note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Note 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 Gèoring 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.
Subject - Name Dodd, William E. (William Edward), 1869-1940
Subject Diplomats -- United States -- Biography
Historians -- United States -- Biography
National socialism -- Germany
Large type books
Large print books
Germany -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
Large type books
Shelf Location LP 943.086 LARS
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