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How Hitler Brainwashed Germany

When You Put It That Way

I really hope the FBI isn’t monitoring my computer. Since I started reading Erik Larson’s book In the Garden of Beasts I’ve probably spent as much time looking up old Nazi pictures as I have on Facebook. Throughout the book, which came out in paperback last month,Larson fills in readers on what their middle school teachers didn’t mention about World War II. He takes readers behind the scenes from the point of view of William E. Dodd, the American ambassador to Germany, and his family in Berlin during Hitler’s rise to power. Instead of a boring novel those teachers might’ve assigned, In the Garden of Beasts is a tense web of ego, espionage and, most interestingly, brainwashing.

Always a bit of a history nerd, I used to wonder how one guy was able to sway an entire country into such a radical, lethal train of thought. For the life…

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