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'In the Garden of Beasts' by Erik Larson - Book Club Discussion Questions

'In the Garden of Beasts' - Reading Group Guide


In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Erik Larson used diaries, newspaper articles and other writings to write In the Garden of Beasts. Use these book club discussion questions to delve into Larson's account of Germany just before the outbreak of World War II.

Spoiler Warning: These book club discussion questions contain important details about In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. Finish the book before reading on.

  1. Does Larson do a satisfactory job in keeping all the pawns clear and in play?
  2. What were your feelings on the Dodd family?
  3. Did you understand how Martha could have a romantic idea of Nazi Germany? Why or why not?
  4. Were there any surprises in the history that you did not know about?
  5. How do you think Ambassador Dodd could have handled his position better?
  6. What was your reaction to the Roosevelts’ camp’s responses to Dodd’s concerns?
  7. Did this book reshape your thoughts on diplomacy in any way? Why or why not?
  8. How do you feel the United States could have handled the situation differently?
  9. What does In the Garden of Beasts reveal about human nature?
  10. Rate In the Garden of Beasts 1 to 5.
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