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Democrat and Diplomat: The Life of William E. Dodd

Robert Dallek


This book offers a look at the life of William Dodd, an American diplomat stationed in Nazi Germany. The book exposes the dark underbelly of 1930s Germany and explores the terrible burden of those who realized the horror that was to come. Dodd was the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1933 to 1937, arriving in Berlin with his wife and daughter just as Adolf Hitler assumed the chancellorship. An unlikely candidate for the job–and not President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first choice—Dodd quickly came to realize that the situation in Germany was far grimmer than was understood in America. His early o ... More

Keywords: diplomat, William Dodd, Nazi Germany, Berlin, Adolf Hitler, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jews, Europe, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199946938
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199946938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Dallek, author
Boston University, Emeritus Professor