The infatuation with the Nazis was due to their carefully controlled message and the power of that message (early Martha Dodd). Paul Schumann, a German-American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hit man known equally for his brilliant tactics and for taking only “righteous” jobs. There are plot twists; Great book. He is unmatched in his ability to tell a story. What age group would you recommend for this book? He travels to Berlin and within hours people around him are dying. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. Read it and find out! Great pacing and suspenseful storytelling. The amount of cautionary stories with the backdrop of Nazi Germany or WWII in general is astronomical. Originally, I was searching the shelves at my local library for Chalice of Blood by Peter Tremayne, when at the corner of my eye, I see a book with a small swastika logo. Set around 1936 Hitler's World Olympics in Berlin. “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” by Erik Larson. There's a real warning here as well as a look at the rise of Hitler and the Nazis through multiple eyes. Meanwhile, the sympathetic hit man is having his own misadventure. Jeffrey Deaver may be the master of psychological thrillers, but. Set in Berlin in 1933 … Martha's memoir seems to have been particularly revealing in regard to her initial fascination wit. At that time Germany was in debt to America and owed loads of money and they looked like they were not going to pay so the need for the ambassador arose. The lovely Martha appears in the story quite a bit as in the backdrop Hitlers rises to power and his evil spreads we follow her and her relationship with a communist Russian. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Welcome back. 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. 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. The plot takes numerous twists and turns before a surprising final twist when all seems about to be lost. This was an interesting novel set in Berlin during the 1936 Olympics. After arriving in Germany. A human side shown for most of the characters, even some of the Nazi's. But when a hit goes wrong and Schumann is nabbed, he’s offered a stark choice: kill Reinhard Ernst, the man behind Hitler’s rearmament scheme, and walk free forever—or be sent to Sing-Sing and the electric chair. This is the newest book by the author who wrote The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. One of the few remaining honest, hard working German detectives who has not bought into Nazism, is assigned to that case, and finds himself possibly in out of his depth. Nonfiction readers and lovers of historical reads, There is so much to be said about the careful structuring of this book. This was my first Deaver book and I found it to be a compelling read, perhaps because of my special interest in the events surrounding WW II. I always know I'll enjoy the story, it will be well-written and I’m going to like the characters. United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a harsh condemnation, stating that “he could scarcely believe such a thing could happen in a twentieth century civilization”. I still don't know, even though it was explicitly asked several times in the book. And I have never in all my lives been so lonely.”, Washington State Book Award for History/General Nonfiction (2012), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for History & Biography (2011). To make things even worse, the author often called the main charact. 300 pages of "But unknown to Dodd, all the rich dudes in the US hated him and were saying things like blah blah blah" and "Martha was having yet another affair" and "Everyone in Berlin seemed happy but THE ATMOSPHERE WAS TENSE" that all led up to a rather anticlimactic Night of the Long Knives. The Feds gave him a choice of prison or going to Germany to assassinate the key official in rearming the German military. What's the Book You Can't Wait to Read This Summer? Jeffery Deaver is a master. This stand alone novel is quite different from the other Deaver I have read. He uses the broader context of historical events and personalizes it, so that, in effect, the parts become greater than the sum of the whole. The police? Interested, I gravitate towards the book and read the summary. He’s set up by the Feds and captured then offered a choice between working for them to assassinate a key Nazi official, Reinhold Ernst, or face the gas chamber. The Ambassador, who earned his Ph.D. in Leipzig 40 years earlier; and, at the time of his appointment, was head of the History Department at the University of Chicago initially hoped that Germany's new Nazi government would grow more moderate, including in its persecution of the Jews. They could never answer the question: "How could such civilized people commit such atrocities?" Did they have too much faith in the system? And what exactly is the sy. Government as a whole? But there is a complicating "accidental" murder. d. Goebbels, See all 4 questions about Garden of Beasts…, Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem, Meet April's Most Highly Anticipated Mysteries. I was used to the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver, but this book was a pleasure to read. Consider reading. This was a very interesting read for me that read almost like fiction. In The Garden Of Beasts NPR coverage of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson. I also found it strange that he would choose to spend some 200 pages on the first year the Dodds were in Berlin and a scant 30 pages or so on the last 3 years they were there. Set against the backdrop of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, an American mob hit man is hired to "eliminate" someone in Hitler's inner circle. Before you even think of reading Erik Larson’s latest masterwork, clear your calendar, call in sick, send the kids to grandma’s, and place all your evening plans on hold. In the audio version these two names have exactly the same vowel sound and ending letter. Readers’ questions about In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. 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. Not that there is a definitive answer, but I would have liked to hear his take on it after doing so much research on the subject. Recommended! In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin ... Crown, $26 (464p) ISBN 978-0-307-40884-6. Interested, I gravitate towards the book and read the summary. He found a story within the details and laid it bare. Meanwhile, the sympathetic hit man is having his own misadventures. Paul Schumann is a mob hit man. I listened to the audio version and had quite a bit of trouble at first because I had to listen so carefully to figure out who was talking or being talked about. A quite interesting non-fiction which presents Ambassador William E. Dodd's difficult diplomatic mission during the birth of the Nazi regime in 1933. Erik Larson's. 3.5 stars. The book is about a “button-man” named Paul. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring 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. This book is over-hyped. Mr Dodd and his family witnessed some of the most horrific events and which the ambassador reported even though his memoranda were not taken as a warning. I would've vastly preferred a book about characters named only briefly, like Bella Fromm or Sigrid Schulz. I couldn't help reading a few pages and envisioning piles of notes, writing cards, and opened books. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring 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. We see the journey as they show up a little pro-Nazi and how slowly they descend into the literal center of terror. Great book. In 1933, William Dodd, a Chicago academic is appointed the first American ambassador to Hitler’s Germany. Through the eyes of the American ambassador to Berlin and his adult daughter, Mr. Larson shows in stunning fashion how the world was determined to ignore the warning signs, and thus the true intent of Hitler and the Nazi regime in Germany, until it was too late. I really appreciated the information and content. It’s 1933. 'In the Garden of Beasts' is the second book I've read by Larson and I'm sorry to say the two don't compare. This story takes place in Berlin during the time of the 1936 Olympics. Martha when she arrived in Berlin found she liked Germany and the people and commented them as being better than the Parisian, obviously this was before Hitler showed his face and colors of evil and his propaganda was widespread. This ideology brings up the question, “what gives you the right to choose who dies and who lives?” This type of “righteous” killing and brilliant tactics piques the interest of the government, and they ask Paul to become a covert agent, infiltrate Germany as a sports writer for the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and “touch off” (kill) one of Germany’s and Hitler’s most important man. Great read. Their experiences serve as both a cautionary tale about the insidiousness of evil and a harbinger of the hard realization that the rest of America was forced to make in a few short years. The story is of William Dodd, a mild-mannered college professor who is appointed ambassador to Germany after basically everyone else refuses the job. As a 30 year old I can look back at the story of the Nazis and say, "What the?!! I have read and enjoyed the Lincoln Rhyme series by Deaver, but the setting of Germany in 1936 was presented so powerfully that I was left shaking my head. An excellent look into the lives of "everyday" people caught up in the webs of spying and denouncements, black market dealings and smuggling, and the difficulties of just surviving as the National Socialists consolidate their political, military, and even municipal powers under Hitler et al. Deaver does a great job with embedding his story in a forest of spot-on atmospherics that immerse the reader in pre-War Nazi Germany. The story became at times too fact based but is not an easy subject to write about he has successfully not made it solely just about the evil but also about the human struggles. The lovely Martha appears in the story quit. A good insight into the way foreigners perceived the Nazis at that time. And what exactly is the system? I am a big fan of Lincoln Rhyme adventures...but the tactics began to get a wee bit predictable.Plus,History is not a subject I like or know much about..so I picked this book with doubt,but I'm so glad I did..cos'I really enjoyed it. I guess I could call this a group biography of William Dodd, a mild-mannered Midwestern professor who became US Ambassador to Germany in 1933, and his daughter Martha Dodd, a female playboy who quickly became infatuated with the glamour of Berlin nightlife. Also. Garden of Beasts was a pleasant surprise. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I just finished reading this compelling—and frankly somewhat terrifying—account by Erik Larson of the brief ambassadorship of William E. Dodd in Berlin from 1933 to 1934, at … A few months ago, I finally figured out how to borrow audiobooks from the library and listen to them on my phone, which has been great for both my commute and my to-read list (lately I don't seem to have the time or inclination to sit down and read books for long periods of time, so this is helping me feel less useless). The book takes place just as Hitler is gaining power. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin-4 stars. This main character can certainly be in sequels, but I don't think there are any. Germany wanted this image wanted Americans to warm to them but as the garden was perceived to be nice the beasts were slowly going about their Arian work, as the stormtroopers developed unknown to the visitors eye a rage and a pot was brewing of turmoil and fascism. Can anyone give me a reason to keep reading? And yet, to read something like this and realize that all the warning signs were clearly present and just as clearly ignored is what infuriates me. Originally, I was searching the shelves at my local library for Chalice of Blood by Peter Tremayne, when at the corner of my eye, I see a book with a small swastika logo. =====. i wasn't sure what to expect, given that a) i love deaver, b) usually dislike historical fiction, and c) know a crap load about the interwar period in germany. Find books like In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin from the world’s largest community of readers. 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. But they still had some high tech stuff like wireless communication and spying. In this one, I loved the story, it was well-written and well researched and I loved the characters. 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