His phone rings and it’s the new President, Franklin Roosevelt, requesting that he take the job of Ambassador to Germany – a country in transition with Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party assuming power. The author of The Devil In The White City returns with another novelistic history about evil deeds, this time in Nazi Germany.In The Garden Of Beasts primarily follows William E. Dodd, America’s ambassador to Hitler’s Germany from 1933 through 1937, and his daughter, Martha. The story is of William Dodd, a mild-mannered college professor who is appointed ambassador to Germany after basically everyone else refuses the job. But there is a complicating "accidental" murder. I loved Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City', I found the subject matter fascinating and the writing fabulous. and not just in Germany. It makes for a readable story as well as a discussion of international attitudes (and blindspots) towards the Nazis as they consolidated power. In the audio version these two names have exactly the same vowel sound and ending letter. There's a real warning here as well as a look at the rise of Hitler and the Nazis through multiple eyes. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS Audio CD by Erik Larson: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Erik Larson] on Amazon.com. I wear about my neck a triple thread-like chain of lapis lazulis and pearls. Larson raises many good questions, namely WHY was the international community so ready to ignore the ominous rise of Hitler? The lovely Martha appears in the story quit. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. I couldn't help reading a few pages and envisioning piles of notes, writing cards, and opened books. 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. They could never answer the question: "How could such civilized people commit such atrocities?" Larson parses every faction of the Nazi Party; every evil personality, every evil viewpoint, every indefensible position, in clear, breathlessly thrilling prose. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin ... Crown, $26 (464p) ISBN 978-0-307-40884-6. It is very strange to be rooting for a killer, but Paul Schumann was sent to do a righteous act. "Mundane" is not a term I would use though I agree the beginning may not be as gripping as a good Tom Clancy novel. Want to know what it would be like to try to talk Satan out of being such a dick? Recommended! 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. A human side shown for most of the characters, even some of the Nazi's. Quite possibly the most boring book written on one of the most riveting times in recent history. Worth the time. He brings his wife, his college age son, and his promiscuous married daughter. Also. If you're mostly a fiction reader, this book still has the appeal of a novel. I'm reading this for my book club and finding the beginning rather mundane . 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. Why did the Author leave out tha Martha Dodd was a Soviet Spy? 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