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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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May 12, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

It contains amazing details on the day to day life of this family during the rise of HItler's regime, but really focuses on the father and daughter's experiences. It's chilling and enlightening to read first-hand accounts of people's impressions of the country's leaders at this time, as well as the drastically shifting opinions of foreigners over just a few years. It ends very suddenly with very little account of anything after the beginning of the war, but this is mostly a product of the trajectory of the main characters' lives. It's telling that the author himself acknowledges that he basically ran out of steam emotionally in trying to portray Nazi leaders as human beings. The book is a good mix of drama, history, and thriller and a glimpse into daily life in extremely charged and tense environment.

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