Harry Turtledove's The Man With The Iron Heart is a hard-as-nails, brilliantly-imagined look at a truly frightening possibly - what if one of the most brilliant and evil Nazis wouldn't play dead? It's alternative history at its finest, making us think of how messed up and scary this world is…and reminding us that it could be a lot, lot worse.
If The Man With The Iron Heart reminds you of recent and current events, it's no coincidence - Turtledove admitted the two stories complemented one another. Sometimes it's too blatant, and occasionally it comes off as a morality tale ("Mr. President," Turtledove seems to say, "if you bring our troops home before the job is done, this is what will happen, in graphic and minute detail.") Such are the parallels that if you were to switch names and dates, you wouldn't know one from the other. That said, this book should prove excellent debate-material for people on both sides of the fence.