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I loved this book, it's a quiet one for sure but I loved it. The subjects are fairly ordinary people in an extraordinary time, Dodd is an understated, unassuming and in many ways unremarkable character thrust into a terrible time in history struggling to make an impact on what seems even at the time to be inevitable.
Before reading this book is never really had an appreciation of the complexities and absolute fear faced by members of Hitler's government such as Papen, Diels and Hanfstaengel. Larson does a good job of portraying the quiet horror that sits across the entire government and the seemingly bizarre lack of recognition of what's happening from those outside of Germany.
Stephen Hoye has delivered a most authentic narration of what will become one of the finest books about the rise of a tyrant. It is up there with William Shire' s book about the rise of Hitler