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But it didn't. So then it became , and they were scrambling. The next of the Pulitzer winners that Steve and I are reading. This is apparently the 3rd of 11 novels about the main character, Lanny Budd. This period deals with the emergence of Hitler on the German scene and the escalation of his power mania as it were.

I found that my enjoyment of this work was hampered by my abysmal knowledge of German history - a situation i will have to rectify to fully understand this novel. The scene is set with the global stock market crash and the impending Depression. Europe is devoid of hope and ideas, bolshevism is rising as a possible solution in Eastern Europe. Political landscapes are torn in two and capitalists come under pressure from righteous workers.

Right across Europe the propaganda machines denounce communism as anti religious and violent. Mussolini is the first fascist leader to crush labour unions and to carry out murderous night raids on communist agitators. His The scene is set with the global stock market crash and the impending Depression. His success leads Hitler to attempt a coup beer hall putsch , his eventual imprisonment and Mein Kampf.

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His anti-semitism and Germanism eventually saw him elected. His complete power came with the enabling act, he then instituted anti jewish laws. What was unknown to me was that he was supported by the European powers, he promised peace, employment and industry. In the mid 's the jewish pogroms in Germany were largely misunderstood an in some cases accepted by conservative European and Americans. While it requires a fair amount of prior knowledge in order for the reader to keep up with the story, history lovers, political philosophers, and especially those fascinated by the period in question will find it riveting.

This title is available for purchase digitally now. He amuses himself by hosting salons, popular at the time, which were group discussions regarding alternative political ideas. He is amused and comfortable in his role as armchair socialist and angel financier to a leftwing newspaper. Yet the idea of actually taking power…hmmm. The story begins in Italy following the First World War; Mussolini has risen to power, and we can almost hear the hard heels striking the cobblestones.

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Budd is somewhat concerned for Hansi, his brother-in-law who is Jewish, but he also believes that money talks, and any unpleasantness can probably be squared away with a donation here and a greased palm there. As long as the seas are safe, the family considers simply waiting out all the unpleasantness on the family yacht, hoping that things will be settled down by the time they want to dock somewhere. And we feel, through Lanny and his family, the stark startled horror when his power increases and his Storm Troopers become an official government organization rather than simply a pack of street thugs.

Well…not in the house, of course. Somewhere else. At times, the tone is satirical, and in a few places made me laugh out loud, mostly in the beginning. Later the tone changes and is sharper, angrier. I found it deeply satisfying. Major media sources had the monopoly on information, apart from the printed press.

The radio, then television…only recently have ordinary people had the means to record and disseminate information on the phone they carry with them everywhere. Perhaps your thoughts will travel in different directions than mine did in reading this interesting nugget, but it is bound to make you think. This is fuel for the brain, fierce material that came from a time when all of Europe had to decide which side they were on. For those that love history, literary fiction, or political science—or all three—highly recommended!

It is the early 's and the world has been plunged into the great depression. The book starts slowly, following the events of Lanny and his family as they cope with the changing times. As wealthy folk, they are largely unaffected by the economic turmoil.


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However, there are clouds on the horizon in the form of the rise of the Nazis. In the second half of the book, the pace clicks into high gear as Lanny struggles to rescue Jewish relatives from imprisonment and torture in Germany.

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In doing so he strains some relationships within his family and also places himself in extreme danger. While reading Dragon's Teeth I found it useful to keep in mind that it is a book of its time. It was published in while World War 2 was raging and the outcome was still in doubt. The events it depicts were still fresh in the memories of the readership of the time.

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The fact that it is still a good read 73 years later is a testament to Sinclair's skill as a storyteller. I know the general atrocities that occurred during in Germany and Europe during the war, but this book brings home the specifics. It also highlights the progression of events that brought the Nazis into power in Germany.

What has been so interesting, and scary, is the parallels with what is occurring in the US currently. When could Germany have stopped the Nazis? What can we do? The way they controlled the people and convinced them of the nonhumaness of the Jewish people is terrible. So scary and so possible. Upton Sinclair has brought the era alive. Written in and winning the Pulitzer Prize that year, this book tells how one man of means tries to extricate family and friends from the grip of Nazism. It is a very long book and very graphic, as to the atrocities. In the end, there are tears.

I think this is a must read, as for too long we have felt that our democracy could weather any storm and that the people were in charge. So did the citizens in Germany in the s.

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Dragon's Teeth was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. We get a glimpse of Nazi Germany as viewed by Lanny Bud who is a socialist and has a family member who married into a Jewish family. Lanny uses his influence to help free members of his half-sister's family from Germany and gets caught up in the power struggle within the Nazi party in the progress.

A great look at the Nazi rise to power and how it affected Dragon's Teeth was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. A great look at the Nazi rise to power and how it affected the world. I read this book as part of a quest to read all of the Pulitzer Prize winners. After reading this book I plan on checking out others in the series.

Here is the engaging history of mankind's worst period told in a way that matches the epic proportions of the Alpine surroundings and the abyss of the Nazi horrors. Both thrilling and disturbing, and utterly anwendbar to our time. I only gave it 3 stars instead of 4 because it was so slow to start. The beginning is very tedious no it takes forever to get going.

However the last half of the book is compelling and you can't put it down. The writing is excellent and I learned a lot about the rise of the Third Reich.

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