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Anton Piatigorsky delivers an inspired inquiry into the early lives of the 20th century's most notorious tyrants. In The Iron Bridge, he pushes at the boundaries of the unexpected as he breathes fictionalized life into the adolescents who would grow up to become the most brutal dictators the world has ever known.
We discover a teenaged Mao Tse-Tung refusing an arranged marriage; Idi Amin cooking for the British Army; Stalin living in a seminary; and a melodramatic young Adolf Hitler dreaming of vast architectural achievements. Pol Pot and Rafael Trujillo are also subjects of separate stories. Piatigorsky explores moments that are nothing more than vague incidents in the biographies of these men, expanding mere footnotes into entire realities. The Iron Bridge, completely imagined yet captivatingly real, captures those crucial instants in time that may well have helped to deliver some of the most infamous leaders in history.
Praise for The Iron Bridge:
"Through smart dialogue and revealing internal monologue, [Piatigorsky] brings to life the teenage years of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Idi Amin, among others." —Publishers Weekly