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When reading this book there were a number of times I was extremely frustrated. Watching these characters go through their interactions with Berlin and its leaders, believing that the country was headed in a good direction was mind boggling! They certainly did not have the benefit of knowing what we do today. It was so interesting to see how their minds and beliefs shifted.
Larson thoughtfully constructed this novel with careful details of all the characters involved. The research involved in writing such a book must be extremely time consuming. Everything done and said by the characters was verified one way or another. While the material is dense due to the nature of the topic, Larson's storytelling and writing ability makes the read not nearly as difficult as it could be. I walked away having learned a ton, almost not even realizing that it was non-fiction because of the ease in which I was able to read and follow along.
During 1933 and 1934, Berlin and Germany drastically changed and altered the world forever. This novel provides real insight on how it was possible for an entire nation to fall under Hilter's spell, and how many other countries watched it happen.