In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Like his previous works, Larson weaves a masterpiece using historical accounts and documents that reads like fiction but is filled with fact. William Dodd moves his wife, son, and daughter Martha to his beloved Germany in his new job as U.S. ambassador. After time, he finds it's no longer the Germany of his youth, but a hard land under the iron fist of Adolf Hitler. Martha, meanwhile, travels in social circles that include Hitler's high-ranking officials, leading up to a meeting with the Führer and a decision that changes the course of her life. This novel is full of twists and turns and turns what would normally be a boring history lesson into an edge-of-your-seat page-turner.
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