In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
By Erik Larson
Crown, 464 pages, $26.00
It is just about impossible to find a negative review of Erik Larson’s latest bestselling book, “In the Garden of Beasts,” about American ambassador William Dodd and his family in 1930s Berlin. The worst I could find was by Matt Nesvisky in The Jerusalem Report. He called it “history lite” and “nonfiction beach reading.” He also wrote that “’In the Garden of Beasts’ is hardly an indispensable text on the Nazi era,” but he gives Larson credit for doing extensive archival research and putting out a real page-turner.
Now the film rights to “In the Garden of Beasts” have been optioned by Universal for Academy Award winner Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman to produce though their Playtone production company. Hanks is considering starring in the film.