"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.
"By far his best and most enthralling work of novelistic history....Powerful, poignant...a transportingly true story."--"The New York Times"
"Tells a fascinating story brilliantly well."--"Financial Times"
"Highly compelling...Larson brings Berlin roaring to life in all its glamour and horror...a welcome new chapter in the vast canon of World War II."--"Christian Science Monitor"
"Terrific."--"Los Angeles Times
"A stunning work of history."--"Newsweek
"Larson has meticulously researched the Dodds' intimate witness to Hitler's ascendancy and created an edifying narrative of this historical byway that has all the pleasures of a political thriller....a fresh picture of these terrrible events."--"The New York Times Book Review
"Larson has taken a brilliant idea and turned it into a gripping book."--"Women's Wear Daily"
"Harrowingly suspenseful." "Vogue.com
"A gripping, deeply-intimate narrative with a climax that reads like the best political thriller, where we are stunned with each turn of the page."--"Louisville Courier Journal"
"Electrifying reading...fascinating." "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
"Larson's latest chronicle of history has as much excitement as a thriller novel, and it's all the more thrilling because it's all true."--"Asbury Park Press"
"A superb book...nothing less than masterful."--"Toronto Globe and Mail"
"Even though we know how it will end -- the book's climax, the Night of the Long Knives, being just the beginning, this is a page-turner, full of flesh and blood people and monsters too, whose charms are particularly disturbing."--"Portland Herald
"Larson succeeds brilliantly...offers a fascinating window into the year when the world began its slow slide into war."--"Maclean's Magazine"
"Erik Larson tackles this outstanding period of history as fully and compellingly as he portrayed the events in his bestseller, THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY. With e
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st May 2012
Publisher: CROWN PUB INC
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.954 x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.386