Erik Larson has set the bar very high for himself. Devil InThe White City and Thunderstruck were wonderful reads as was Isaac's Storm to a lesser extent. In The Garden of Beasts is not very engaging and it's characters are relatively uninteresting. The topic is also very tired.
I would recommend any of his other books over this one. It's really not worth the read.
Revealing history.....descriptive evolution of Nazi Germany.nq prank viws f of a,n tms of American Ambassador to Germany and his family.
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I enjoyed the story, but it could have been half as long, and been more effective. The story telling becomes overburdened with too much detail. There is no question, however, that the Nazis were taken too lightly for too long, and the bully grew into a monster when allowed to do so.
This book would make for sensational cable television. The story paints a picture off Pre war Germany that was new to me. I thought the whole story was quite good, but the story tends to drag at times. Still, a good book, and one you should not miss.
I felt it was a good story. a little odd at times and a sad, but predictable ending. I felt the author panted an honest picture of Dodd, the main character. He also shows the vindictive nature of those in the State department during the Roosevelt administration.
I thought I knew this era from so many books, documentaries and movies. But this shed more light. Chilling to hear all the components at play. Eric Larson brings you deep inside from all sides.
The story was very dry & the narrator made it worse.
There was nothing that made me excited to keep reading. Nothing was engaging and I didn't care about the characters.
The narrator did nothing to use inflection or to give the story life. There were no different voices or any real acting. It was a monotone and a big disappointment
"I can't wait to get to the end of this book"
This was my third Erik Larson novel. I know he is a best seller but I'm not going to try anymore. Three novels is a fair chance.
early modern historian
As a historian I already knew about place for German is in the 19 thirties so Larson's account of the ambassador and his daughter was not news to me. His recounting of their struggles with Nazism is interesting. His best book remains the one on the Chicago World's Fair and the serial murderer.
Real life drama with much melancholy and failure. Not for the Hallmark channel. Filler words for stupid length requirement, ummm.