15 best nonfiction books of 2011: CSMonitor picks

15 bests nonfiction titles of 2011, according to the Monitor's reviewers

7. "In the Garden of Beasts," by Erik Larson

In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin (Crown Publishers, 448 pp.), gifted narrative nonfiction writer Erik Larson (“The Devil in the White City”) offers a disturbing but riveting account of the life of William E. Dodd, the American ambassador to Germany, and his family during Hitler’s rise to power. Monitor reviewer Erik Larson writes, “[T]hanks to Larson, Dodd’s courage and foresight live on, a welcome new chapter in the vast canon of World War II.” (, 6/6/11)

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