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[Erik Larson] In the Garden of Beasts Love Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin [fractured fairy tales Book] TXT – DOC & Kindle eBook

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Read In the Garden of Beasts Love Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ue character and ruthless ambitionSuffused 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 terr. A uite interesting non fiction which presents Ambassador William E Dodd s difficult diplomatic mission during the birth of the Nazi regime in 1933 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 The book offers precisely what the title suggests although there is much too much Martha s love life and the family was not an ordinary one A good insight into the way foreigners perceived the Nazis at that time Gravel 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 terr. A uite interesting non fiction which presents Ambassador William E Dodd s difficult diplomatic mission during the birth of the Nazi regime in 1933 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 The book offers precisely what the title suggests although there is much too much Martha s love life and the family was not an ordinary one A good insight into the way foreigners perceived the Nazis at that time

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Read In the Garden of Beasts Love Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 historyA 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 Enad of the New Germany she has one affair after another including with the surprisingly hon. Picture Principal Skinner from The Simpsons and Paris Hilton going to Nazi Germany and you ll have a pretty good idea of what this book is likeI was split on Erik Larson s The Devil in the White City because I found the half of the book about the 1893 Chicago s World Fair incredibly interesting but thought the other half about serial killer HH Holmes to be just another true crime gore fest Then in Thunderstruck he again gave us some nice pop history with the story of Marconi and the invention of the radio but then he stretched the inclusion of a crime story to a ridiculous exteme by trying to tie in a manhunt for a killer across the Atlantic that used early wireless I was hoping that In the Garden of Beasts would allow Larson to play to his strengths with a story about Nazis in the 1930s because I thought he could give a detailed look at life in Berlin as Hitler was consolidating his power and this time he d actually have a legitimate horror story to tell without it feeling like something just tacked on to sell books Instead I got a story about a couple of people who were surrounded by evil and didn t do a helluva lot about itThe story centers on William Dodd and his daughter Martha Dodd was a history professor in Chicago with minor political connections and a dream of obtaining a uiet government post somewhere so he could finish writing a history of the American Civil War When President Roosevelt couldn t get anyone else to take the job he asked Dodd to be the ambassador to Germany Dodd accepted and took his wife and two grown children along with him Like a lot of Americans Dodd was worried about some of the stories of Nazi violence coming out at the time but thought that Hitler might be nudged towards controlling the extreme factions since he d just taken over as chancellor His interactions with the Nazi power brokers and the rise of German nationalistic fervor eventually convinced Dodd that Hitler and his people were bad news for the entire worldHere s where the book falls down for me Larson got me interested in the Chicago World s Fair because I knew nothing about it and he made it come alive I already know about how the Nazis came to power so the history piece of this is old news to me While there s some interesting slice of life details and Larson does a nice job of giving you a sense of the weird combination of paranoia pride terror and zeal that pervaded Germany in the 1930s it s really nothing I haven t heard before Maybe I would have been interested if I would have found Dodd s story intriguing but frankly the ambassador seemed about as interesting as a saltine cracker to meDodd comes across as a decent enough guy for his time He did advocate policies of getting tougher with Germany when most of America was in full isolationist mode but aside from irking the Nazis with a couple of speeches and boycotting a couple of official functions he really didn t do anything And as one of his critics of the time pointed out an ambassador who refuses to meet with the government of the country he s in really isn t accomplishing much Dodd irritated others in America s diplomatic service with his constant criticism of their spending and seemed concerned with cutting costs at the embassy rather than dealing with the GermansThe odd thing about this book is that Larson all but ignores Dodd s wife and son in favor of giving a detailed portrayal of his daughter Martha Martha came along with her father as her first marriage was ending and to put it mildly she got around I mean it s good that a woman in her time was sexually liberated enough to carry on with guys like the poet Carl Sandburg However once she dated the head of the Gestapo and a top Soviet spy as well as many many others I had the impression that Martha was less than discriminating with her affections Hell she even kinda went along with a half assed scheme one of the Nazis had to try and hook her up with Hitler himselfSo this becomes the story of a mild mannered diplomat dealing with the rise of some of the most evil fucks in history but he s pinching pennies at the embassy instead of giving visas to every Jewish person he could find And his daughter is a sleeping her way through Europe while at first extolling the virtues of the Nazis then deciding that she s kind of a communist but in the end Martha doesn t do much but put a smile on the face of any guy who gives her a wink and a smile In this case I knew the history and only got a story about a couple of people who seem like they should have been maybe a chapter in larger history of the time and place Dodd and Martha just didn t impress or intrigue me enough to warrant reading a whole book about them It s disappointing that Larson decided to make them the center of this The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Your Carbon Footprint Pocket Idiot's Guide year that proved to be a turning point in historyA 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 Niets was wat het leek young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence Enad of the New Germany she has one affair after another including with the surprisingly hon. Picture Principal Skinner from The Simpsons and Paris Hilton going to Nazi Germany and Future Science you ll have a pretty good idea of what this book is likeI was split on Erik Larson s The Devil in the White City because I found the half of the book about the 1893 Chicago s World Fair incredibly interesting but thought the other half about serial killer HH Holmes to be just another true crime gore fest Then in Thunderstruck he again gave us some nice pop history with the story of Marconi and the invention of the radio but then he stretched the inclusion of a crime story to a ridiculous exteme by trying to tie in a manhunt for a killer across the Atlantic that used early wireless I was hoping that In the Garden of Beasts would allow Larson to play to his strengths with a story about Nazis in the 1930s because I thought he could give a detailed look at life in Berlin as Hitler was consolidating his power and this time he d actually have a legitimate horror story to tell without it feeling like something just tacked on to sell books Instead I got a story about a couple of people who were surrounded by evil and didn t do a helluva lot about itThe story centers on William Dodd and his daughter Martha Dodd was a history professor in Chicago with minor political connections and a dream of obtaining a uiet government post somewhere so he could finish writing a history of the American Civil War When President Roosevelt couldn t get anyone else to take the job he asked Dodd to be the ambassador to Germany Dodd accepted and took his wife and two grown children along with him Like a lot of Americans Dodd was worried about some of the stories of Nazi violence coming out at the time but thought that Hitler might be nudged towards controlling the extreme factions since he d just taken over as chancellor His interactions with the Nazi power brokers and the rise of German nationalistic fervor eventually convinced Dodd that Hitler and his people were bad news for the entire worldHere s where the book falls down for me Larson got me interested in the Chicago World s Fair because I knew nothing about it and he made it come alive I already know about how the Nazis came to power so the history piece of this is old news to me While there s some interesting slice of life details and Larson does a nice job of giving Prins Diamant you a sense of the weird combination of paranoia pride terror and zeal that pervaded Germany in the 1930s it s really nothing I haven t heard before Maybe I would have been interested if I would have found Dodd s story intriguing but frankly the ambassador seemed about as interesting as a saltine cracker to meDodd comes across as a decent enough guy for his time He did advocate policies of getting tougher with Germany when most of America was in full isolationist mode but aside from irking the Nazis with a couple of speeches and boycotting a couple of official functions he really didn t do anything And as one of his critics of the time pointed out an ambassador who refuses to meet with the government of the country he s in really isn t accomplishing much Dodd irritated others in America s diplomatic service with his constant criticism of their spending and seemed concerned with cutting costs at the embassy rather than dealing with the GermansThe odd thing about this book is that Larson all but ignores Dodd s wife and son in favor of giving a detailed portrayal of his daughter Martha Martha came along with her father as her first marriage was ending and to put it mildly she got around I mean it s good that a woman in her time was sexually liberated enough to carry on with guys like the poet Carl Sandburg However once she dated the head of the Gestapo and a top Soviet spy as well as many many others I had the impression that Martha was less than discriminating with her affections Hell she even kinda went along with a half assed scheme one of the Nazis had to try and hook her up with Hitler himselfSo this becomes the story of a mild mannered diplomat dealing with the rise of some of the most evil fucks in history but he s pinching pennies at the embassy instead of giving visas to every Jewish person he could find And his daughter is a sleeping her way through Europe while at first extolling the virtues of the Nazis then deciding that she s kind of a communist but in the end Martha doesn t do much but put a smile on the face of any guy who gives her a wink and a smile In this case I knew the history and only got a story about a couple of people who seem like they should have been maybe a chapter in larger history of the time and place Dodd and Martha just didn t impress or intrigue me enough to warrant reading a whole book about them It s disappointing that Larson decided to make them the center of this

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Read In the Garden of Beasts Love Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Orable 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 tr. Ambassador Dodd perhaps one of the most unusual ambassadors to a major country we have ever had was initially reluctant to criticize the Hitler regime mainly due to his nostalgic memories of the time he spent studying in Germany decades before But it didn t take him too long to figure out just how horrible the Nazis already were in 1933 and 1934 Dodd s opponents in the State Department wouldn t listen President Roosevelt listened seemed to agree but did nothingIt seems clear from this personal view of the early Nazi years that pressure from abroad especially from the US might have resulted in an early exit for Hitler No invasion of Poland and France No World War II No Holocaust Why did Roosevelt fail to actOne theme that recurs several times in Larson s book is concern over Germany s re payment of its debt to US interests I need to do research but uestions pop to mind Who held that debt Was it large banks and corporations who had business relationships in Germany Did these business relationships take precedence over the atrocities Hitler was already carrying out against Jews in 1933Perhaps my next research read German Big Business and the Rise of Hitler by Henry Turner will provide some answers Or IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black My suspicion is that American profits had much to do with American political attitudes toward Hitler at a time when a different US policy could have made an enormous difference There were those in Germany who might have opposed Hitler if they knew they could count on US helpI hope to develop these themes in my novel in progress tentatively titled CHOOSING HITLER If anyone can suggest other books that have insights on the uestions I am raising please let me knowchokengtitiktitikchokeng Martha Dodd was an absolute disgrace

  • Hardcover
  • 448
  • In the Garden of Beasts Love Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
  • Erik Larson
  • English
  • 01 July 2017
  • 9780307408846