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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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Aug 07, 11

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It has got to be hard to be the author of a book like Devil In the White City, a book that blows critics and regular readers away with its suspense and fine chronological telling of two dramas unfolding simultaneously. I know I had huge expectations for this book, and while this book was not a bad book, it was by no means as good as Devil. I liked this book - put me at 3.5 stars. I was aghast at the world's view of Hitler in the early 1930's, especially the United States. It is amazing to me as well that so many other Washington politicians thought they knew better how to handle Hitler and his cronies than a man who lived in Berlin and met with them face-to-face. Of course today, we can say that the world should have listened to Ambassador Dodd, but little has changed in the past 80 years. Too often, the nations of this world are too slow to react, too politically correct to even comment. This is a book that all bureaucrats and politicians should read if only to be schooled in the sad and inevitable lesson which is to be learned from Hitler's rise, murderous reign and eventual fall.
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