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Call Me Putzi: Would You Prefer Villains or Victims for Ancestors?

Call Me Putzi: Would You Prefer Villains or Victims for Ancestors?

I just finished reading Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts, the story of William E. Dodd’s stint as U.S. Ambassador to Germany during the rise of Hitler (1933-1937). It’s a compelling tale, involving the internal workings of the state department and the many missed opportunities to head off Nazism, with deft characterizations of theContinue Reading