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Dragon's Teeth (World's End Lanny Budd #3)

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Book by Sinclair, Upton
Hardcover, 662 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Frederick Ellis (first published January 1st 1942)
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This book stunned me. I chose to read it because I want to read all the Pulitzer Fiction award winners and this book was next in line.

Initially, I enjoyed the book for the quality of writing, yet I wondered what the book was actually about. Slowly, it's development began to move forward slowly revealing it's topic in much the way as landscape becomes more and more clear in the early hours of dawn, sharpening with the light from the rising sun as all becomes bathed in light.

Lanny Budd is a well-
Dragon's Teeth was the 1942 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. The novel is mainly set in Germany in the years before World War II. We get a glimpse of Nazi Germany as viewed by Lanny Bud who is a socialist and has a family member who married into a Jewish family. Lanny uses his influence to help free members of his half-sister's family from Germany and gets caught up in the power struggle within the Nazi party in the progress. A great look at the Nazi rise to power and how it affected ...more
Pulitzer 1943 - This book is a real tough one for me to rate. I neither loved nor hated this book but never really got into it. When you read a book that you like you get into a rhythm with the author and their writing style. I never felt like I got into that rhythm with Sinclair. I found myself reading a couple of pages and then realizing I hadn't read them well.
The book takes place from 1929 to 1934 or so and really is about the rise of power in Germany of Hitler and the Third Reich. Hitler,
Lanny Budd is such an interesting character because he is both

a) someone we all try to be: open-minded, a lover of artistic beauty over thuggish utilitarianism, and a man who is sociable to everyone--not allowing political opinions to ruin friendships.


b) a bon-ton mugwump

Maybe 7 or 8 times in the series thus far, Upton Sinclair has used a quote from a poem by Arthur Hugh Clough called From Spectator ab Extra to illustrate the theme of being open-minded during both World Wars. I end this revie
The next of the Pulitzer winners that Steve and I are reading. This is apparently the 3rd of 11 novels about the main character, Lanny Budd. This period deals with the emergence of Hitler on the German scene and the escalation of his power mania (as it were). I found that my enjoyment of this work was hampered by my abysmal knowledge of German history - a situation i will have to rectify to fully understand this novel.
This series is really awesome. In this, the third book, the Nazi rise to power in Germany is the primary focus of the book. Through Lanny Buddy, Sinclair shows us how there were a few, like Budd, who saw the Nazis for who they were, but most people, including most in America, didn't believe all the stories about them. Willful ignorance and anti-Semitism played key roles.

This novel also sets up Lanny as a covert operator. The contacts he makes within German and his experiences there give him vita
Agnes Mack
Dragon's Teeth sucked me in from the first page and it was with great disappointment that it ended. The story is a fictional account of Hitler's rise to power and Sinclair did an impressive job of depicting the utter disbelief of the world. People simply couldn't believe the things they were hearing, because it didn't seem possible they could happen in a 'civilized' world. Of course, they did happen and eventually the characters were forced, in various ways, to come to grips with the reality ...more
If someone is interested in what was going on in Europe at the beginning of World War II, this book creates that world. The various political factions, the fears, and the general obliviousness of a large segment of Western society are all present. The Lanny Budd series as a whole is terrific in placing the reader the midst of one of the greatest upheavals of the century. That Upton Sinclair could write with such precision about concentration camps that early in the war is a sad commentary on how ...more
Myles Harrold
Wow, this book was awesome. I thought this book dealt with world war 2 but it actually deals with the events leading up to Hitler and the Nazi's taking over power in Germany and then the start of the Gestapo and Concentration Camps. Lanny ventures into Nazi Germany on several occasions to help rescue Jewish friends of his and the tension is very real. I love this book.
George King
Another Chapter in a fine series
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Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). To gather information for the novel, Sinclair spent seven weeks undercover working in the meat packing plants of Chicago. These direct experiences expos ...more
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