This is a well written account of mostly pre, and some post WWII Germany. It outlines what can happen in great detail to God fearing intelligent people swept up in a "new era", a "new regime". Throw in the true life account of a U.S. ambassador and his family which in itself is story and you have a very good book. These atrocities didn't happen that long ago. Could it happen again?
Interesting and informative IF you can bring yourself to overlook the monotonous, sing-song delivery of the narrator. Stephen Hoye I believe is his name. I will never read another book narrated by him!
Erik Larson grew up in Freeport, Long Island and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Russian history and from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has written for many newspapers and national magazines, and has published three previous works of nonfiction, Isaac's Storm, Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun, and The Naked Consumer. He lives in Seattle with his wife, their three daughters, and a host of pets.