In the Garden of Beasts
Score: 4
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In the Garden of Beasts


  • Author: Erik Larson
  • Release Date : 2011-05-10
  • Genre: History
  • File Size: 11748921 Bytes


Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers 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 Nazi 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 ...

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

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


  • Author: Arwen Lee Adams Bicknell
  • Release Date : 2012-04-28
  • Genre: Arts & Entertainment
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ABOUT THE BOOK Erik Larson paints a compelling picture of 1933 Berlin, a time when Adolf Hitler was rising but did not yet hold absolute power and, in fact, few expected his government to survive. Larson explores the rise of Nazism from the perspective of the newly arrived U.S. ambassador and his family. William E. Dodd, a circumspect professor and unlikely candidate for Americas first ambassador to Nazi Germany, struggles with the protocol and conflicting demands of his heart, his nation, and his duty while his daughter, Martha, finds the social scene vibrant and thrilling. In time, they come to see the ugly truth about Hitler and his plans but even then their efforts to raise the alarm are largely discounted back home. MEET THE AUTHOR With degrees ...

In the Garden of Beasts
Score: 3.5
From 3,868 Ratings

In the Garden of Beasts


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780552777773


In the Garden of Beasts Book Description :

Berlin,1933. William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered academic from Chicago, has to his own and everyone else's surprise, become America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany, in a year that proves to be a turning point in history. Dodd and his family, notably his vivacious daughter, Martha, observe at first-hand the many changes - some subtle, some disturbing, and some horrifically violent - that signal Hitler's consolidation of power. Dodd has little choice but to associate with key figures in the Nazi party, his increasingly concerned cables make little impact on an indifferent U.S. State Department, while Martha is drawn to the Nazis and their vision of a 'New Germany' and has a succession of affairs with senior party players, including first chief of t...

In the Garden of Beasts
Score: 3.5
From 3,887 Ratings

In the Garden of Beasts


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Broadway Books
  • Release Date : 2011-05-10
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307887955


In the Garden of Beasts Book Description :

Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers 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 Nazi 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 D...

Garden of Beasts
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

Garden of Beasts


  • Author : Jeffery Deaver
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2005-02-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743437820


Garden of Beasts Book Description :

Reputed for his vow to take only morally righteous assignments in 1936 New York City, a German-American hit man is forced by the government to pose as an Olympic contender and kill a member of Hitler's regime. By the author of The Vanished Man. Reprint....

Joe Country

Joe Country


  • Author : Mick Herron
  • Publisher : Soho Press
  • Release Date : 2019-06-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781641290562


Joe Country Book Description :

If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die. In Slough House, the London outpost for disgraced MI5 spies, memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him an outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process. Meanwhile, in Regent’s Park, Diana Taverner’s tenure as First Desk is running into difficulties. If she’s going to make the Service fit for purpose, she might have to make deals with a familiar old devil . . . And with winter taking its grip, Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, b...

Thunderstruck
Score: 3
From 114 Ratings

Thunderstruck


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Broadway Books
  • Release Date : 2006-10-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307351920


Thunderstruck Book Description :

A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.” In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, M...

Lethal Passage
Score: 2
From 3 Ratings

Lethal Passage


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-07-27
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0307803317


Lethal Passage Book Description :

This devastating book illuminates America's gun culture -- its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists -- but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. It begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day's end, he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another. In Lethal Passage Erik Larson shows us how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the eighties roar." The result is a book that can -- and should -- save lives, and that has already become an essential te...

Isaac s Storm
Score: 4
From 73 Ratings

Isaac s Storm


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-10-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307874092


Isaac s Storm Book Description :

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf. That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets eng...

Dead Wake
Score: 4
From 3,889 Ratings

Dead Wake


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Broadway Books
  • Release Date : 2015-03-10
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780553446753


Dead Wake Book Description :

#1 New York Times Bestseller From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictur...