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Encore Q&A: Erik Larson

Washington, DC
Saturday, July 28, 2012

Erik Larson is the author of the historical narrative, "In the Garden of Beasts," which details the life of William E. Dodd. Dodd became America’s first ambassador to Adolf Hitler’s Germany in Berlin during 1933. The story follows Dodd and his family, including daughter Martha, as they interact with Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goring and other top level members of the Third Reich during the years leading up to World War II. The book chronicles Martha’s relationships with various authors including Carl Sandburg and Thomas Wolfe, as well as high-ranking Germans. It also tells the story of Ambassador Dodd’s growing frustration with America’s lack of action against the Third Reich. Erik Larson has authored three New York Times bestsellers, including "The Devil in the White City," and "Isaac’s Storm." Larson was a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal, and a contributing writer for Time Magazine. He has written articles for The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and other publications.

Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 5:10pm (ET)

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