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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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Jun 23, 11

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

Well, it is better than The Devil in the White City and that is saying something! How this author is able to take a nonfiction book and make it read like a novel is amazing! I loved it and it was awesome to read about Berlin in the 1930's and Hitler's rise to power. The scary thing is that no one or at least few people saw it coming...even when it became blatant. It certainly is a lesson for us now as the countries of the world struggle. Believe it when thugs and dictators kill and slaughter and diminish the rights of their citizens. The saddest part was how the American government ignored attacks on its own citizens while living there or visiting because they didn't want to anger the German government who owed them money from WWI...many lessons for us in the present day in this book. I highly recommend it.

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