In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

While it's not clear that Ambassador Dodd thought Hitler would have a "positive" influence on Germany, and while not everyone was enamored of Hitler—after all, four men turned down the plum post of...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Ambassador Dodd and his family, particularly his adult daughter Martha, first come into conflict with the conviction, especially on the part of Messersmith, that the Nazi regime is evil, dangerous,...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2017, 11:05 am (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

I have changed your question to say “at the end of Chapter 4” instead of “at this point.” I did so because this question is the last question in the Chapter 4 discussion questions provided by the...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2013, 5:42 pm (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

The term "Aryan" was widely used--and abused--in the 20th century. Most notably, it was used by the Nazis to refer to what they thought was a master race of Nordic Europeans. The actual word...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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This question can best be answered by reading Chapter 3 in In the Garden of Beasts. The answer can be best seen at the very end of the chapter. According to Erik Larson, Martha told Bassett...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2013, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

In this early part of the book, Erik Larson is trying to demonstrate for us what sort of a man William Dodd was. This will be important to the book as a whole since much of the book is devoted to...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2013, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Many were reserved about Dodd's suitability for the job due to his belief that one should live modestly, while many others insisted on living the more of a better lifestyle, which is what "the...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2013, 11:31 pm (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

The answer to this can be found toward the end of Chapter 4. A search of Amazon’s paperback edition shows that it is on page 37. My own copy is on Kindle so I cannot verify that page number. On...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2013, 5:12 pm (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

There are two places in Chapter 4 where answers to this question may be found. The first is on pages 30 and 31 (this is according to a search of Amazon’s searchable paperback edition). The next...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2013, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

If we think of what Martha said in a broad enough way, it can be seen as the only real reason that she divorced Bassett Roberts. Let us first look at what Martha said about the end of the...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2013, 4:06 pm (UTC)

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If we look at this question from a modern point of view, we would have to say that Dodd was anti-Semitic. However, in comparison to people of that time, he was not particular so. We can clearly...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2011, 11:37 am (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Berlin under Hitler was a time of violence and fear. The book begins by describing the story of a man who was beaten extremely severely by a squad of police. He is sent to the hospital and then...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013, 6:32 pm (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Dodd, a historian who was working on a history of the antebellum South and the Civl War when he became U.S. ambassador to Germany, firmly believed Germany alone had started World War I. He likened...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2017, 11:51 am (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

The answer to this question can be found on page 22 of the paperback edition that is searchable on Amazon. My own copy is on Kindle so I cannot independently verify that page number. On the...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2013, 4:03 pm (UTC)

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

As the other answer so well states, Hitler could have been easily stopped by the other world powers had they chosen to act against him at the time. The Allies had cause: he was in direct violation...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018, 12:50 pm (UTC)

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