A work of non-fiction, In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson provides insight to what it was like in Germany in 1933 and 1934 as Hitler and his henchman consolidated power. The factual accounts from the historical records and journal entries come primarily from the new American Ambassador to Germany, William Dodd and his family. Dodd served for four years before being recalled.
While Dodd warned of impending doom, many in power within the U.S. State Department downplayed Hitler’s action in those years just before he had consolidated power. By the time infamous Night of the Long Knives happened, it was too late. The monster that was Hitler and his government couldn’t be stopped as a democracy turned into an autocracy.
Unfortunately while there were invaluable lessons to be learned from this time period, many countries still fall prey to leaders who turn democracy’s into autocracy’s.