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In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson

In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (2011)
Larson once again skillfully brings history alive. This time Larson tackles Berlin in 1933 as Hitler and the Nazis begin their frightening ascent to power. He uses the American ambassador William E. Dodd and his family—especially his daughter’s—experiences as the lens for viewing Hitler’s Berlin. For those who wonder how the world remained so indifferent to the plight of the German Jews and blind to the Nazis resurgence of Germany’s military power, Larson provides some troubling insights.

For more about the book check out these articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post
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