EmmaLee Pryor'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 21, 2011

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Fascinating, yet irritating. I can totally appreciate Mr. Dodd, the ambassador, but the rest of the book that focuses on his daughter is icky. She is so immature and makes poor choices, but she wrote an autobiography so I guess that is a great source of information. There isn't really much background on why he is chosen to be the ambassador, most of the action takes place in Germany. I can't imagine the amount of pressure and the problems of trying to figure out what to do with Hitler's government. It was all a series of unfortunate events, but the attitude of the United States was not a shining beacon of light either. I would have liked more details of the inner workings of the embassy and policies.

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