Here’s what I’ve read the last three months:
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
I’m a fan of Erik Larson. I’ve read two of his books, The Devil in the White City, about the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and Isaac’s Storm, about the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. In the Garden of Beasts is primarily set in 1930’s Berlin during the early years of Hitler’s rise to power. The focus is both on the American Ambassador to Germany, William Dodd, and his family and the many events, both large and small, that lead to Hitler’s seizing absolute power. Although Erik Larson’s books are scrupulously researched non-fiction, they read like narrative fiction. This is an insightful examination of the cumulative power of small, overlooked acts of evil.
Wow! That was a short list. Hopefully, I’ll be able to double my reading April through June.