Erik Larson: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

(Nonfiction, 464 pp. 2011)
Larson’s gripping nonfiction work depicts the Nazis’ consolidation of power and increasing restrictions on Jews chiefly through the eyes of American ambassador William Dodd and his freewheeling daughter, Martha. While Ambassador Dodd’s perspective quickly moves from admiration to alarm, the United States State Department shows little willingness to take his warnings seriously.

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  • Review by Janet Maslin, New York Times, May 19, 2011
  • Review By Sandra McElwaine, The Washington Times, July 15, 2011
  • Review by Daniel Wahl, Purposeful Reader.com, September 16, 2012
  • Review by Jeff Bailey, Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2011
  • Video: Erik Larsen presentation (50 min.)