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

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  253 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Book by Sinclair, Upton
Hardcover, 662 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Frederick Ellis (first published 1942)
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This novel is the third in a series, and reading it without having read the other two first felt like being at a party where everyone has the same thing in common except you. Your neighbor’s nephew’s surprise-goodbye celebration. People are making toasts, ready to cry, and you’re not sure where the nephew is going or if you’re supposed to be happy or sad about it.

Upton Sinclair wrote 11 Lanny Budd novels during the 40s and early 50s, and they were all huge sellers at the time. Dragon’s Teeth wo
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-
The 11 books in the Lanny Budd series are perhaps the best, and easiest, study of world history (especially European)from WWI to the beginnings of the Cold War told in an engaging way with a charming protagonist. I am reading them again for the 4th or 5th time. Hard to find (it took me years to acquire all of them regardless of condition) but so worth it. Try your library or used books sites.
This the third of Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd novels picks up Lanny's tale shortly after the events of Between Two Worlds. It is the early 1930's and the world has been plunged into the great depression. The book starts slowly, following the events of Lanny and his family as they cope with the changing times. As wealthy folk, they are largely unaffected by the economic turmoil. However, there are clouds on the horizon in the form of the rise of the Nazis. In the second half of the book, the pace ...more
May 27, 2016 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 3rd volume in Upton Sinclair’s epic 11 volume saga following the fortunes of Lanny Budd covers the years from 1929 to 1934, and concentrates largely on the rise of Nazism in Germany. It’s a wide-ranging and comprehensive depiction of a time and place, and very good at simplifying political and social complexities. With its mix of fact and fiction (but with the fictional elements always firmly rooted in reality) and its combination of real-life and invented characters, it’s a wonderful way t ...more
Apr 16, 2010 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2015 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 26, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only gave it 3 stars instead of 4 because it was so slow to start. The beginning is very tedious no it takes forever to get going. However the last half of the book is compelling and you can't put it down. The writing is excellent and I learned a lot about the rise of the Third Reich.
Khris Sellin
Aug 27, 2016 Khris Sellin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Let's Make Deutschland Great Again!"

The rise of Hitler and the Third Reich, told in novel form. So many frightening parallels with what's going on in our own country today.
Paul Demetre
Dec 11, 2016 Paul Demetre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Pulitzer Prize winner from 1943 has flaws, many of them which are sexist to the modern reader. While reading it I tried to keep in mind that society was different, not correct, but different at the time. Our society may show many flaws to a reader seventy years in the future and Mr. Sinclair was a progressive when it came to society at the time so I won't dwell on those flaws.

The novel follows Lanny Budd in the years following the stock market collapse in 1929. Mostly set in Germany during
Donna Davis
Dragon’s Teeth is the third in the Pulitzer-winning Lanny Budd series. Set in 1942—the present, at the time it was written—it provides the reader with a fascinating, well-informed, hyper-literate view of Europe during the years before and during Hitler’s ascent to power. While it requires a fair amount of prior knowledge in order for the reader to keep up with the story, history lovers, political philosophers, and especially those fascinated by the period in question will find it riveting. Thank ...more
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
Apr 26, 2012 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulitzer
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,
Tracy Shapley
Aug 06, 2011 Tracy Shapley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulitzer, socialism
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
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
May 12, 2016 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in his Lanny Budd series and for me, what an introduction! A monumental historical saga that covers the years 1929 to 1934. A frightening precursor to the Second World War. I am still fascinated by this period, how could we be ever have been so innocent. In these early days, no one paid much attention Facism, it was just a temporary harmless fringe group useful in fighting the Bolshevik menace. Through Lanny Budd, many aspects of European culture and especially life of the 'idle r ...more
Dec 20, 2013 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Craig Anderson
Feb 13, 2016 Craig Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
I'm on a binge of reading historical novels featuring Germany and Europe over the first half of the 20th century. This is the first of the Lanny Budd novels I have read. Sinclair is certainly pedantic in this book, and uses the narrative and characters to present views on politics, social justice, philosophy, nationalism and the human condition. I also found that many of the characters were fleshed out beyond being merely cardboards cutouts to represent ideas. There are also dramatic action sequ ...more
Bill Bow
Oct 24, 2016 Bill Bow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Writing this October 2016: subject matter fascinating, rise of Hitler in Europe has current parallels, yet I found the book to be very matter-of-fact and written in a antiquated style... it doesn't move the way we would expect it to move nowadays. I realize that they had telegrams and took trains - transportation and communication weren't instantaneous - so perhaps that's why the rise of fascism seems so matter-of-fact, as if it were just a new government to be bought off.

I found the book boring
Apr 03, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-classics
I read this as a library book. For a GR rating, I selected, in error, the edition that broke it into two volumes. So now I am rewriting my review.
This was a powerful book, about the rise and power of the Nazis.
I got a lot out of reading it, although not in the sense of great pleasure. Strong emotion and a taste of the evil that was Hitler. I find it hard to understand those who followed him willingly. It's a book that is truly unforgettable.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part III, of the World's End series that begins with the end of the first world war and goes with eleven volumes into the cold war, is the title Dragon's Teeth. Most of the series - especially beginning with this, and most of the series from this one on - is about German part of the history of those years, and Europe is the centre stage with US a major but distant player.
Myles Harrold
Sep 25, 2013 Myles Harrold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, modern-fiction
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.
Apr 01, 2016 Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm in a period of reviewing classic literature. This series of 11 books is so well done with historical details and page turning suspense as in this one Lanny Budd makes his way through the early days of the German revolution and the rise of the Nazi state. Can't wait to dive into the remaining books. I've never been much of a series fan, but this will be different.
Sharon Zink
Mar 15, 2016 Sharon Zink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This is a story about a rich family of socialites from France who were involved in the important events between the World Wars, mostly in the 1930's. I'm not sure how believable for an art dealer to meet privately with Adolf Hitler, Goring and with the Goebbleses (sp). But the characters are expertly drawn, and the plot is somewhat compelling. This is an important novel.
Apr 20, 2016 Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulizer-fiction
Truly boring that it felt like a commercial for socialism that had been written at an elementary reading level. Propaganda-ese without subtlety or finesse. And yet it won the Pulitzer. Go figure.
Aug 16, 2016 Judie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a style of writing that I like - too slow - too many descriptions - just too many words that say the same thing many time over.
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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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