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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 is a history chapter from 20th century. The book is all about terror, love and a dynamic American family in the Hitler’s city of Berlin. The book is written by Erik Larson who is considered as a fine writer with history as his books are all authentic and quite well researched. You will find very les people giving counterarguments for his work. A couple of other pleasant books from the author are The Devil in the White City and The Splendid and the Vile.
The narration of this chapter is done by Stephen Hoye, who had the skills to make this novel sound amazing, which he actually did.
The time discussed in this book is of 1933 and the place is Berlin. William E. Dodd in berlin becomes the first ambassador from America to the Hitler’s country of Germany. This was a year that later on proved to be the turning point in the history.
Dodd, a soft spoken professor from Chicago brings all his family including his wife, son and a daughter. Her daughter Martha at first is attracted by the parties and by the handsome young men. She had many affairs with many handsome men including the Rudolf Diels, the chief of Gestapo. But just when the evidence related with the persecution of Jews mounted, Martha’s dad communicated his concerns to the State Department in America.
Dodd watches all the proceedings where Jews were getting attacked, media was censored and the frightening new set of laws began to circulate. Everything started to change all of a sudden and had a lot more twists for the audience to find out.