This promotion expired on February 11, 2011. But we still want to hear about your book group – please leave a comment below and we’ll keep you in mind for upcoming author promotions like this one!
Calling all Erik Larson fans! A very special offer for you and your book group: we’re giving away advance copies of Erik’s new book – In the Garden of Beasts, coming out in May – to 10 book groups. One lucky book group will win the grand prize: Erik will call or video chat with your group, sure to make for a one-of-a-kind discussion.
The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha.
At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels.
But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate.
As the Dodds’ first year progresses, you’ll accompany them to parties and banquets, visit Göring’s bizarre country estate, and take drives through the German countryside to evade Nazi surveillance. You’ll feel the fear and tension rise in Berlin as Hitler gains power and confronts a potential rebellion, until the Dodds find machine guns outside their home and Berlin awash with blood and terror.
To enter for the chance to chat with Erik and win advance copies of In the Garden of Beasts for you and your book group, leave a comment telling us about your group.
Do you read fiction? Non-fiction? Both? How do you decide what to read? Any books you absolutely won’t read together? What’s the best book discussion you’ve ever had? If you’ve read Erik Larson’s previous books with your group, of course we want to hear all about it (but it’s not necessary to enter).
Limited quantities, while supplies last. Winners chosen at random and notified by email. One entry per person per book. No purchase necessary.