USA TODAY Weekend book picks

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What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY's book picks for the weekend include a revealing look at the little-known "Presidents Club," and two works of fiction tied to the Titanic anniversary.

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power
By Andrew Nagorski; Simon & Schuster, 327 pp., $28, non-fiction

Martha Dodd and her father, Willam Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Germany in the 1930s, are now posthumous superstars thanks to Erik Larson's best seller In the Garden of Beasts. The duo (along with a fascinating cast of characters) are back in Hitlerland, a broader look at Americans who had a ringside seat to Hitler's rise.

USA TODAY says *** out of four. "Engaging … chilling … Nagorski, a formerNewsweek bureau chief in Berlin, tells a fast-paced tale."


American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

Hitler’s rise to power, Germany’s march to the abyss, as seen through the eyes of Americans—diplomats, military, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes—who watched horrified and up close. By tapping a rich vein of personal testimonies, Hitlerland offers a gripping narrative full of surprising twists—and a startlingly fresh perspective on this heavily dissected era.