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“This book provides an intriguing insight into the rise of Hitler Germany, along with the underlying politics of the 1930's. Overall Larson was able to make this book readable for most, but at points was difficult to understand. The story follows the life of US ambassador during the rise of the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Larson's book provides an interesting view of the early days of the Nazi regime in Germany. The horror in their intent was quite evident but world appetite for action against it was sadly lacking.”TechWriter wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A decent introduction to the rise of Hitler, Goring and Goebbels, mainly taken from US Ambassador William Dodd’s diaries and other authors’ descriptions of the same era. Easy to read. Generally interesting (except all the crap about daughter Martha’s love life.) But really nothing new under the sun, especially if you have read “The Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich” and others like it. Author Erik Larson is still trying to capture the magic that he caught in “Devil in the White City.” This is a good read, but not as good as DITWC.”Neil Crocker wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this is a pre-holocaust book...I've never read anything from this perspective. It is the story of Dodd, the unlikely ambassador to the US in Berlin at the time that Hitler became chancellor of Germany. It is eery to read about the warning signs that were ignored. It left me wondering why they all followed Hitler, and why everyone (including other countries) was so afraid of him. It turns out that there were multiple times where if something was done differently it may have reversed history. A true, and well researched story.”kathy w wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Larson excels at bringing dark history alive in a chilly and personal way. The writer of Devil in the White City, now follows the Dodd family from 1933-1937 Germany. Bill Dodd, who had spent a lifetime as a history teacher, was thrust into the roll of ambassador straight out of U of Chicago, and his family came along for the haunted house tour. Dodd actually relayed a relatively clear vision to Washington, but the diplomats of his day thought him out of touch. ”david a wrote this review Friday, November 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I gave up on this one. I thought it would be an interesting subject, and I liked "Devil In the White City" by the same author, but this DRAGGED! I waited and waited for something to happen, but nothing ever did. After a few weeks of dozing every time I opened the book, I gave up.”Julie H wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book provides an intriguing insight into the rise of Hitler Germany, along with the underlying politics of the 1930's. Overall Larson was able to make this book readable for most, but at points was difficult to understand. The story follows the life of US ambassador during the rise of the Nazi regime and the struggle for power along with the signs of a potential World War. Looking back in reflection it is quite clear to see how the world did not consider Germany a serious threat. All in all, it is a great historical account of the time period along with a great read.
Theme: How did we not see the rise of Nazi power”
“My expectations of Erik Larson are always high, and while the book delivers a retelling of the Nazi rise to power in Germany, the usual hook into the story was not as affecting.
The novel, In the Garden of Beasts follows an unlikely appointment to the ambassador to Germany during the 1930's by President Roosevelt of Ambassador Dodd. The professor turned diplomat is confronted with a myriad of issues, many of his own Americans getting in his way of being frugal and wanting to set a good example. The takeaway I took of Dodd's character was one that lacked sympathy. Dodd seemed controlling and micromanaging, condescending in his management skills and unwilling to play the game he had been insinuated in. It was difficult to feel bad for Dodd or his family, including his promiscuous daughter who seemed to spend more time indulging in carnal activities than trying to stay away from the German element that was coming to power in less than savory ways.
The research done for Larson's books are hard to argue, but the story never pulled me in, never made me feel like I could see how these things unfolded. In the end, I felt like Dodd never did what he could have to truly get his message that Hitler was not to be trifled with across. Instead of being a curmudgeon who believed he was right and all others were wrong, Dodd had the rare opportunity to make a huge difference, but ultimately only had an 'I told you so' on his death bed. More than anything, this book made me realise how arrogant men in power can be, no matter who is right and wrong. ”
“This book was scary. That Hitler could have been stopped and the info ignored for political aspirations is reprehensible. Government has not changed at all. That is the scariest part.”Linda H wrote this review Sunday, October 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Also read as part of Naples Central Library book group, along with citizens of London. Very good read!!!”Kathleen H wrote this review Friday, October 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great Non-fiction book! It's never too much to remember the early years of Nazi Germany and how Hitler rises into power, 1933-1938 it is roughly the period covered in the book. I believe that only by knowing what happen at that time one can avoid a repetition! I strongly recommend it! ”Eufémia Santos wrote this review Monday, October 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No