The Iron Bridge by Anton Piatigorsky

My last book club read was Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger. It was an in-depth look at the intense culture around high school football in west Texas. The story was interesting, but I found myself more intrigued with the back story behind the little town of Odessa (politics, socio-economic factors, demographics, etc.) than with the second-by-second account of the football games. The author's writing felt a bit sensationalist, but perhaps that was needed to truly capture the emotion and spirit of the town, its people and its football team.

Our next read is The Iron Bridge by Anton Piatigorsky. This book is a collection of six fictional stories that recount the childhoods of some of the world's most notorious dictators from Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler to Rafael Trujillo, Mao Tse-Tung, Pol Pot and Idi Amin. It sounds compelling.

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