Six Months in 1945

Six Months in 1945

FDR, Stalin, Churchill and Truman--from World War to Cold War

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Random House, Inc.
From the author of the best-selling One Minute to Midnight, a riveting account of the pivotal six-month period spanning the end of World War II, the dawn of the nuclear age, and the beginning of the Cold War.

When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler’s armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace—but instead set the stage for a forty-four-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an “iron curtain” being drawn down over the Continent.

These six months witnessed some of the most dramatic moments of the twentieth century: the cataclysmic battle for Berlin, the death of Franklin Roosevelt, the discovery of the Nazi concentration camps, Churchill’s electoral defeat, and the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. While their armies linked up in the heart of Europe, the political leaders maneuvered for leverage: Stalin using his nation’s wartime sacrifices to claim spoils, Churchill doing his best to halt Britain’s waning influence, FDR trying to charm Stalin, Truman determined to stand up to an increasingly assertive Soviet superpower.

Six Months in 1945 brilliantly captures this momentous historical turning point, chronicling the geopolitical twists behind the descent of the iron curtain, while illuminating the aims and personalities of larger-than-life political giants. It is a vividly rendered story of individual and national interests in fierce competition at a seminal moment in history.

Baker & Taylor
The author of the best-selling One Minute to Midnight presents a dramatic account of the final six months of World War II through the beginning of the Cold War, analyzing the events and legacy of the 1945 Yalta meeting by Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin as well as the geopolitical ramifications of the atomic bomb and the fall of the Iron Curtain. 60,000 first printing.

Book News
This is the last volume of a Cold War trilogy by Dobbs, author and former newspaper reporter. Devoting himself to the last six months of 1945, a world-changing era of unstable alliances, ignored commitments, atrocity of ethnic cleansing, and heightened Cold War tensions, the author digs into the details to provide a new look at the national leaders of the time, how they conducted themselves, and the sometimes unintended consequences of their best efforts. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Presents an account of the final six months of World War II through the beginning of the Cold War, analyzing the events and legacy of the 1945 Yalta meeting by Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin as well as the geopolitical ramifications of the atomic bomb and the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307271655
030727165X
Branch Call Number: 940.5322 D651s
Characteristics: xvi, 418 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Jun 28, 2016

Fascinating quotes from diaries and letters give readers a view behind the scenes.

jimbedley Mar 02, 2013

This work is a stunning masterpiece. It is non-fiction but I still hesitate to "give away" parts of it. Just read it. Learn how close WWII came to not ending in 1945. The Red army daily committed horrible atrocities in the territory it overran but without them the war would have continued for years or even been successfully concluded for the Axis powers. It seems there is no honour in war, or concluding a war, only more and more brutality. Dobbs also shows us how the cold war got started, but to me the main sobering fact was how much the world sadly owes to thugs killing other thugs (or was it slaves killing other slaves - both controlled by thuggish regimes?)

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