Erik Larson takes us back to 1933 Berlin, when William E. Dodd, the new American ambassador arrives to represent the United States. Diplomatic affairs mix with intrigue and romance against the backdrop of a world class city in which intellectuals and international figures mix. As Dodd and his daughter come to understand the culture of the Reich, they watch as the government's brutality seeps in to this beautiful city. Dodd is trapped as the American diplomatic community fails to recognize the severity of the situation. As always, Larson draws the reader in to a thoroughly researched page-turner that culminates in a night of violence that changed the course of the world. The question this time isn't how the Germans could have let it happen, but instead how the old guard American diplomats could have ignored Dodd's warnings when Hitler's intent was clear six years before the invasion of Poland.
Documents the efforts of the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, William E. Dodd, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city, where he was forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursued a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.