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Erik Larson
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Berlin, 1933. William E. Dodd is a mild-mannered academic from Chicago who to his own and everyone else's surprise becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany, in a year that proves to be a turning point in history. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the times, and with brilliant portraits of Hitler, Goebbels, Goering, and Himmler, In the Garden of Beasts lends a unique, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is an unforgettable work of narrative nonfiction. Read by Stephen Hoye

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