Norman Spinrad's "The Iron Dream" is a book which still confounds many of its fans and critics. Some view it as an over-the-top critique of the worst aspects of fantasy and science fiction, as if it is "The Lord of the Rings" as channeled by LSD or some other mind-altering drug. Others, including yours truly, recognize this as a brilliant satire from Spinrad during one of the most productive phases of his literary career, critiquing Adolf Hitler and his genocidal Nazi political philosophy. That is the best means of viewing this fine work of fantasy, since much of it includes the text of the novel "Lord of the Swastika", a futuristic dystopian fantasy written by German-American science fiction artist and author Adolf Hitler, who had immigrated to the United States after World War I in 1919. (That Spinrad provides a fictitious biography listing Hitler's death in 1953 is something which most readers may ignore; I frankly don't think that's a coincidence since 1953 was also the same year in which another homicidal, megalomaniac dictator, Josef Stalin, died.) "Lord of the Swastika" concludes with a most intriguing afterword by New York University professor Homer Whipple which is a brilliant "deconstruction" of Hitler's mental state and of his Nazi philosophy, not of fantasy and science fiction, as some might contend. If nothing else, "The Iron Dream" reads like some hallucinatory version of H. G. Wells' "The Time Machine", but one in which Hitler's protagonist, Feric Jaggar, leads his stormtroopers against hordes of degenerate mutant humans; this is a most astute example of satire which has been an ever present theme in some of the great works of fantasy and science fiction published in the 20th Century. Although Spinrad's "The Iron Dream" may not be a literary classic directly comparable with George Orwell's "Animal Farm", nonetheless it deserves ample recognition as an important work of fantasy and a notable part of Spinrad's extensive oeuvre of fine novels and short stories.