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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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Mar 02, 2012

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I started this book awhile ago and then had to put it down when I had a bunch of things going on. It was an interesting view of Hitler's rise to power told through the story of the ambassador to Germany at the time. Most ambassadors during that time were men who had money already and were part of a "good old boys" network. Ambassador Dodd was a professor of history whose study influenced his view of the events of that time frame. Due to pressure from the good old boys club, he was ousted after a little more than a year. He gave speeches warning of Hitler after that, and although he did not live long enough to see some of his predictions come true, he was vindicated in the end. He had two adult children that came along with him who also were exposed to some of the people of society at the time that gave them an intimate view of events. An interesting view of a part of history already fairly well known.

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03/02/2012 page 236
52.0% "borrowed e-book expired. Will finish when I can borrow it again"
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