AT THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM is a historical novel nested inside a contemporary novel. Cate Johnson works as a counselor at the Manhattan Genetic Testing center in New York. She stumbles across the scant remains of her own great-grandmother’s work with genetics in the 1920s.
When Heinrich Himmler took control of the Nazi’s human breeding program in 1927, he sent an emissary to Cornell University with instructions to study America’s widespread and successful eugenics programs—the laws, policies, research, and social structures that were propelling the United States ahead in the pursuit of a genetically advanced populace. Undergrad student Rachel Worden, herself the product of three generations of controlled breeding at the Oneida Community in Upstate New York, was recruited to become the National Socialists’ Director of Eugenics Education in Munich. Join Rachel as she crosses the Atlantic on the Graf Zeppelin to meet Heinrich Himmler. Stroll the streets of Munich, see the sites, attend the rallies and the beerhall conventions. Rub elbows with common Germans, listen to the propaganda, and see how Darwin and Ford led to Dachau, and on to Treblinka. Follow the story of an American woman, an architect of the Master Race, as she helps lead the masses of Late Twenties Germany to the very threshold of a dream.
Cate realizes that, whether we admit it or not, our gene pool is still evolving, and she launches a mission to restore logic and sanity in an arena filled with fear, hatred and denial.
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