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In the Garden of Beasts - Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin-logo

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

Erik Larson

"Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes."-New York Times Book Review Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the "New Germany," she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance-and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler's true character and ruthless ambition. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.

"Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes."-New York Times Book Review Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the "New Germany," she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance-and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler's true character and ruthless ambition. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.
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History

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"Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes."-New York Times Book Review Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the "New Germany," she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance-and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler's true character and ruthless ambition. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stephen Hoye

Length:

12h 55m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

11:05


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

16:40


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

15:55


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

08:42


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

32:09


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

26:57


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

20:29


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

21:38


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

08:46


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

19:28


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

16:05


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

20:15


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

25:39


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

16:48


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

17:29


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

07:36


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

13:03


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

16:16


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

21:04


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

02:07


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

14:24


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

14:32


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

10:48


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

01:50


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

07:24


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

10:37


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

22:00


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

27:08


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

16:38


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

04:01


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

11:43


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

13:54


Part 5, Chapter 32
Part 5, Chapter 32

04:20


Part 5, Chapter 33
Part 5, Chapter 33

26:28


Part 5, Chapter 34
Part 5, Chapter 34

05:44


Part 5, Chapter 35
Part 5, Chapter 35

08:01


Part 5, Chapter 36
Part 5, Chapter 36

11:34


Part 5, Chapter 37
Part 5, Chapter 37

01:01


Part 5, Chapter 38
Part 5, Chapter 38

10:51


Part 6, Chapter 39
Part 6, Chapter 39

13:42


Part 6, Chapter 40
Part 6, Chapter 40

16:50


Part 6, Chapter 41
Part 6, Chapter 41

01:39


Part 6, Chapter 42
Part 6, Chapter 42

10:19


Part 6, Chapter 43
Part 6, Chapter 43

15:44


Part 6, Chapter 44
Part 6, Chapter 44

02:22


Part 6, Chapter 45
Part 6, Chapter 45

10:25


Part 6, Chapter 46
Part 6, Chapter 46

06:38


Part 7, Chapter 47
Part 7, Chapter 47

12:36


Part 7, Chapter 48
Part 7, Chapter 48

07:07


Part 7, Chapter 49
Part 7, Chapter 49

12:33


Part 7, Chapter 50
Part 7, Chapter 50

05:26


Part 7, Chapter 51
Part 7, Chapter 51

18:36


Part 7, Chapter 52
Part 7, Chapter 52

16:33


Part 7, Chapter 53
Part 7, Chapter 53

06:36


Part 7, Chapter 54
Part 7, Chapter 54

21:22


Part 7, Chapter 55
Part 7, Chapter 55

19:50


Part 7, Chapter 56
Part 7, Chapter 56

13:56


Part 7, Chapter 57
Part 7, Chapter 57

01:36


Part 7, Chapter 58
Part 7, Chapter 58

00:31