Six Months in 1945
FDR, Stalin, Churchill and Truman--from World War to Cold War
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.
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)
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.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
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xvi, 418 p. : ill. ; 24 cm