I finished reading "In the garden of beasts" by Erik Larson. Simply put this is a great read. This book tells the story of James Dodd and his family as they live in Germany before Hitler takes ultimate power. Larson has a way of writing that you feel like you are reading fiction, fast paced vivid discriptions and "Real" characters. You really feel like you know these people. I have to give this book a A-.
After being in one of the worst book slumps I can remeber, I couldnt finish anything, I am back in it. I am also going to give this blog another try. Right now I am reading "In the garden of the beast" by Erik Larson. Amazon says the following about this great book.
In the Garden of Beasts is a vivid portrait of Berlin during the first years of Hitler’s reign, brought to life through the stories of two people: William E. Dodd, who in 1933 became America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s regime, and his scandalously carefree daughter, Martha. Ambassador Dodd, an unassuming and scholarly man, is an odd fit among the extravagance of the Nazi elite. His frugality annoys his fellow Americans in the State Department and Dodd’s growing misgivings about Hitler’s ambitions fall on deaf ears among his peers, who are content to “give Hitler everything he wants.” Martha, on the other hand, is mesmerized by the glamorous parties and the high-minded conversation of Berlin’s salon society—and flings herself headlong into numerous affairs with the city’s elite, most notably the head of the Gestapo and a Soviet spy. Both become players in the exhilarating (and terrifying) story of Hitler’s obsession for absolute power, which culminates in the events of one murderous night, later known as “the Night of Long Knives.” The rise of Nazi Germany is a well-chronicled time in history, which makes In the Garden of Beasts all the more remarkable. Erik Larson has crafted a gripping, deeply-intimate narrative with a climax that reads like the best political thriller, where we are stunned with each turn of the page, even though we already know the outcome. --Shane Hansanuwat
I will post my review on this book as soon as I finish. Eric
7pm, Thu May 26 Our scheduled speaker Michael Martin has canceled due to a family emergency. Please join us however, as we are delighted to have Civil War buff Bill Schrammen take up the reins and sharing his Civil War knowledge with us. He and his wife Barb have a residence in Luck and he was excited to be able to attend.