18
Jan
2022
Kansas City
Zoom
MO
United States of America
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
 
About the book:

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s firsts ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.  A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha.  At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence.  But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate.  As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodd’s experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance, and – ultimately – horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.



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