Thursday, August 16, 2012
across the street from the tiergarten
I just finished reading In the Garden of Beasts, non-fiction by Erik Larson, covering the years 1933-1934 in Berlin, just as Hitler is solidifying his grip on the German government, as told through the experiences of the newly-appointed (by President Franklin Roosevelt) U.S. ambassador to Germany and his family. It's a horrifying era and, as expertly told by the author, also fascinating and readable. The ambassador and his family lived across from the Tiergarten (loosely interpreted as "the Garden of Beasts") park section of Berlin, located in the thick of the power struggles all around them. A highly recommended book. Makes me want to read more of the same.