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Local author Brandon Gauthier discusses his book ‘Before Evil’

May 10th, 2022 · No Comments · Author Talk, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Uncategorized

Should we humanize the world’s most inhumane leaders? Who was Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, and others before they became the cruel dictators who wrote their names in blood on the pages of history? Join the Manchester City Library on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30pm in the library’s auditorium or via Zoom to hear local Author Brandon Gauthier discuss his first book Before Evil: Young Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao, and Kim.

Gauthier’s first novel analyzes the early lives of the aforementioned dictators through stories about family, education, rebellion, and tragedy. In doing so, it challenges the common assumption that early trauma most influenced their lives. Positive trends in these despots’ youths, he argues, made possible their later rise to power. Each dictator had at least one good, loving parent who valued their education from an early age and enabled them to think about the world through the lenses of ideas. Brandon Gauthier completed his doctorate in Modern History at Fordham University in New York City in 2016. He is the Director of Global Education at The Derryfield School and an Adjunct Professor of History for Fordham University.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID, we ask that all in-person attendees wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, and maintain a distance of 6 feet from other attendees. In-person attendance is limited to 50, so please sign up to ensure your seat! To attend virtually, sign up for the zoom link and an email reminder!

For questions, call Tess Kimsey at 603-624-6550 ext. 7619 or email

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