History professor Dodd was an unlikely choice to represent the United States in Hitler's Berlin; indeed, he was FDR's fifth choice for the post. His on-the-job education in the barbarities of the "New Germany" sometimes contrasted with that of his romantic, impressionable, party-loving daughter Martha. Larson places these very personal stories within the context of the ever-worsening events.
Xenocide picks up thirty years after Speaker for the Dead and continues the major struggles that emerged at the end of that book. Fortunately, this creates a strong sense of continuity. Most of the characters from Speaker for the Dead have returned.
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. just because its a work of fiction, doesn't mean it isn't telling the truth