Kyle Kerns's Reviews > In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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Oct 10, 2011

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I was really looking forward to this book, as it is about a time in history that I find really interesting and seem to have a lot to learn. However, I didn't think this book lived up to what I wanted and expected. It did provide a lot of detail about the pre-World War II time period in Germany but instead of focusing on the Ambassador to Germany, it focused more on the goings on of his daughter. While her life was one that did expose her to many different historical figures and did provide the reader with some good historical information, there were way more details than I think were actually needed. Overall, I was pretty disappointed and while I learned some about Germany during the 1930s-1940s, it wasn't as much as I would have liked.

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