Meet Martha Dodd, in the Flesh (So to Speak)

During my recent paperback tour for In the Garden of Beasts, I had the honor of being interviewed on stage at the U.S. Holocaust Museum by the brilliant journalist, Jane Mayer, of The New Yorker. (Disclosure: Once upon a time we were colleagues at The Wall Street Journal.) At intervals during the interview, the museum showed photographs and film depicting 1930’s Berlin, including an amazing, if brief, clip that featured Martha Dodd, a key character in my book, and her friend and likely one-time lover, Ernst “Putzi” Hanfstaengl. Strange! If you go to the clip, be sure to watch Putzi’s eyes. Very telling, if you ask me (scroll to frame 1:18:09:19)


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Erik Larson is the author of six previous national bestsellers—The Splendid and the Vile, Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm— which have collectively sold more than twelve million copies. His books have been published in nearly forty countries.

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