CJE's Virtual Book Club—Erik Larson’s, In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin.

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Our Book Club discussion facilitator, Renee Hochberg, will lead us in a conversation about Erik Larson’s fascinating work of novelistic history, In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin.

Larson thrillingly captures the story of William E. Dodd, America’s newly appointed ambassador to Germany right before World War II. Dodd wasn’t a diplomat or politician, but rather a college professor, devoted to the history of the American South. Despite his lack of pollical experience, Dodd arrived in Berlin during the summer of 1933 with his wife and grown children to navigate the dangerous waters between American Isolationism and the growing cries of our allies to join their fight against Hitler.

This book can be bought on AmazonBarnes and Noble or through your favorite independent bookstore (check for curbside pickup options). It can also be borrowed as a Chicago Public Library Ebook here or borrowed as a Chicago Public Library Audiobook here. For those not in the Chicago Public Library system, you can search for this Ebook or Audiobook at your local public library here.

For more instructions on how to access free ebooks and audio books from The Chicago Public Library, please check the CJE Cyber Club webpage here.

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