Thursday, January 12, 2012
IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER'S BERLIN (2011)
He consistently manages to make absolute page turners out of history, surprising the reader with unknown details every few pages. It's the kind of book with which you annoy everyone around you by insisting they 'listen to this'!
His story sketches the life and times of William E. Dodd, America's Ambassador during Hitler's rise to power, and his family in Germany during the 1930s. There are pages of citations and references but you don't need to use them to get through this fascinating tale.
Here's a quote that particularly caught my attention:
"In conclusion," he said, "one may safely say that it would be no sin if statesmen learned enough of history to realize that no system which implies control of society by privilege seekers has ever ended in any other way than collapse."