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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  403 Ratings  ·  45 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-
Eugenea Pollock
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There are several reasons why I read this book: (1) it won a Pulitzer Prize; (2) it is set in a very dramatic time in world history; (3) it was written contemporaneously; (4) it was OUT OF PRINT (!!!) for YEARS; (5) I simply did not believe the negative reviews I saw on Goodreads and wanted to judge for myself. Well, I’m here to tell you that this is probably the best Nazi-era book that I have ever read. We could quibble about Sinclair’s 1930s gender perspective, but it is neither pervasive nor ...more
Paul Demetre
Dec 11, 2016 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
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.
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro tan sublime, con tantos temas, personajes potentes y situaciones históricas novelizadas... simplemente hay que leerlo, porque cualquier palabra que diga no le hará justicia.

Para mí, descubrir a Upton Sinclair ha sido toda una sorpresa. Me alegro haber llegado a leerle, porque de verdad que sé, con seguridad, que sus libros van a ser de los que más me gusten en el año que los empiece.
Apabullantes las últimas 80 páginas. Y queda mucho por leer.
Hacedme caso y leedle, acercaos a su saga de
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The scene is set with the global stock market crash and the impending Depression. Europe is devoid of hope and ideas, bolshevism is rising as a possible solution in Eastern Europe. Political landscapes are torn in two and capitalists come under pressure from righteous workers. Right across Europe the propaganda machines denounce communism as anti religious and violent. Mussolini is the first fascist leader to crush labour unions and to carry out murderous night raids on communist agitators. His ...more
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
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 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 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 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 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 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.
I had very low expectations from this novel. I have only read "The Jungle" from Upton Sinclair and felt he marred it by injecting a non-sequitur plea for socialism at the end of an otherwise compelling story. In Dragon's Teeth he weaves a very engrossing tale of intrigue and suspense around the events of the Nazi's rise to power. The novel was able to capture the building tension in Europe starting with the emergence of Hitler's public life scene and culminating with his consolidation of all pol ...more
As a Baby Boomer, I am the product of WWII. I know the general atrocities that occurred during in Germany and Europe during the war, but this book brings home the specifics. It also highlights the progression of events that brought the Nazis into power in Germany. What has been so interesting, and scary, is the parallels with what is occurring in the US currently. When could Germany have stopped the Nazis? What can we do? The way they controlled the people and convinced them of the nonhumaness o ...more
Dean McIntyre
Upton Sinclair's 1943 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, and #3 in his Lanny Budd series, I found it a tough read. It covers the life and dealings of Lanny Budd, a wealthy Jewish Socialist during the rise of Hitler, Naziism and World War II. It is a slow starter with the second half much more engaging than the first half. My problem was that it is filled with such detail and historical references of the time period that I got lost in all of the characters -- real and invented -- and developments ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulitzer-fiction
This old Pulitzer has aged better than most, with some universal themes, woven into a history lesson. The political beliefs on display also aged well, I’m not comparing today’s nationalist with these sickos but I do think the book illustrates extremes of a whole slew of political beliefs. Long, but well written, I found it an enlightening history with enough universality too maintain relevance today.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No fantasy dragons here

Upton Sinclair's meisterstück, pure and simple. Here is the engaging history of mankind's worst period told in a way that matches the epic proportions of the Alpine surroundings and the abyss of the Nazi horrors. Both thrilling and disturbing, and utterly anwendbar to our time.
Matthew Galman
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Atmospheric tale of the world between the wars, the capitalists, socialists, and communists, the plight of the poor, and the rich. I particularly liked how the hero attempted to use the fractured politics of the various Nazi factions to advance his purpose.
Jeffrey Walker
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume from the Lanny Budd series of novels covers the rise of the Nazis in ‘30s Germany. I found the similarities to what’s happening in the USA today to be utterly bone chilling. This 75-yr-old book is shockingly fresh in the lessons Upton Sinclair teaches us.
Mannie Banerjee
A gripping account of one wealthy socialite man’s quest to free a relative and a friend from Dachau. An inordinate portion of the book focused on the frivolity of the upper class lifestyle.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Carl  Palmateer
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I got the book I did not realize it was part of series. I saw Upton Sinclair, on sale, and grabbed. The book was slow to develop since I knew none of the back story and thus it took awhile for me to get into it and to get it read (plus it ended up as my 5 minute book-read when you've got 5 minutes and only your phone)

The 1930's with the collapse of the economy, upheaval in Europe and the rise of the Reich. Lanny Budd tries to navigate it as the world descends into nightmare and the world he
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the middle books in a series of eleven. I read it because it won the Pulitzer Prize. It is very well written covering European politics from 1930-33. It was frightening to live through the rise of nazism and frightening to read about it and recognize similar political ploys today. Politicians lie and do awful things to gain and retain power. It was interesting to read about how politicians create fear of other countries to justify passing laws and eliminating civil rights. One won ...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 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 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 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
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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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