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July 17, 2011
Erik Larson
Author, "In the Garden of Beasts"
Erik Larson BIO:
·Author, "In the Garden of Beasts"

·Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Bucks County Courier Times

·University of Pennsylvania
·M.A. in journalism from Columbia University

·-The Naked Consumer: How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities (1992)
·Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun (1995)
·Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (2000)
·The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (2003)
·Thunderstruck (2006)

·Married with 3 daughters

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Info: Our guest is Erik Larson, author of a new historical narrative detailing with the life of William E. Dodd when he 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.

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