It was a decisive win for In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson’s incredible nonfiction telling of a somewhat obscure but nonetheless fascinating figure in American history: William Dodd, the unassuming history professor who became the U.S. ambassador to Nazi Germany. But the book is almost equally about his daughter, Martha, as reckless and outspoken as her father was not, and an unrepentant party girl drawn to the “glamorous” elite of the Nazi party. Slowly Ambassador Dodd came to realize, despite his own prejudices, what horror was unfolding about him; Martha, sadly, was a different story.
Join RS.com Deputy Editor Maggie Shi later this week as she introduces this compelling book and sets up our reading schedule for the month. See you then!