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The allies : Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the unlikely alliance that won World War II, Winston Groom

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The allies : Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the unlikely alliance that won World War II
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The allies
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Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the unlikely alliance that won World War II
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Winston Groom
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eng
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Best-selling author Winston Groom tells the complex story of how Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin--the three iconic and vastly different Allied leaders--aligned to win World War II and created a new world order. By the end of World War II, 59 nations were arrayed against the axis powers, but three great Allied leaders--Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin--had emerged to control the war in Europe and the Pacific. Vastly different in upbringing and political beliefs, they were not always in agreement--or even on good terms. But, often led by Churchill's enduring spirit, in the end these three men changed the course of history. Using the remarkable letters between the three world leaders, enriching narrative details of their personal lives, and riveting tales of battles won and lost, best-selling historian Winston Groom returns to share one of the biggest stories of the 20th century: The interwoven and remarkable tale, and a fascinating study of leadership styles, of three world leaders who fought the largest war in history
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  • Groom brings his experience as both novelist and historian to bear in this well-researched and fast-paced narrative of the complex relationship among the three statesmen who determined the outcome of WWII. Groom demonstrates a solid command of the literature to describe the origins and functioning of a grand alliance that was anything but natural: Britain and the U.S. had a long history of mutual rivalry, and Soviet Russia was an ideological enemy and logical geopolitical adversary of the Western capitalist powers. Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Josef Stalin were all products of political adversity, all strong-willed and mutually suspicious. Groom effectively synergizes the interactions of personalities and policies to make a persuasive case that the Big Three managed to make just enough compromises in terms of personae, policies, and principles to keep the alliance on track. In his telling, Churchill is hands-on, Roosevelt more a referee, Stalin a survivor. Groom’s background as a military historian shows in his excellent narrative of the decisive operations in the European theater and their influence on top-level negotiations. General readers in particular will find Groom’s commonsense presentation of the Big Three’s wartime interactions a useful bridge between survey histories and more specialized analyses. This is an excellent history. Agent: Keith Korman, Raines & Raines. (Nov.) 
			 --Staff (Reviewed 09/24/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 39, p)
  • Military historian (The Generals) and fiction writer Groom (Forrest Gump) presents an accessible work about the "Big Three" of World War II: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin. According to the author, who cites well-regarded secondary sources throughout this readable history, it was the brutal international conflict that led to this triumvirate rather than the compatibility of their personalities. After recounting the early lives of the leaders, he offers a traditional overview of the Allies' strategies to victory. Stalin, without ever visiting a battlefront, assigned himself the rank of field marshal while common soldiers waged war. Groom argues that time has nuanced the motivations and actions of Roosevelt and Churchill as being more practical than idealistic, while substantiating Stalin's ruthlessness. All, however, shared a sense of their own indispensability, especially when detailing the events of the 1943 Tehran Conference and 1945 Yalta Conference. VERDICT While this history doesn't offer new material for readers already familiar with the story, Groom's credibility will ensure its demand among readers interested in military history and World War II. --Frederick J. Augustyn Jr. (Reviewed 11/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 19, p85)
  • Novelist and historian Groom (El Paso, 2016, etc.) recounts the origins and fortunes of the grand alliance forged to battle the Axis powers in World War II. In the early 1930s, it would have seemed unlikely for the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the United States to agree on anything. As the author observes, when incoming President Franklin Roosevelt recognized the Soviet Union as a legitimate government, he did so "against the wishes of a large part of the country, including his own mother." Winston Churchill was implacably opposed to any such recognition and held Josef Stalin in scorn, detesting everything about Bolshevism—yet still came together with Roosevelt to join forces with Stalin against Hitler in the west, eventually opening a two-front war. Getting to that point required plenty of maneuvering, and the powers developed considerable skills in hiding things from one another as each jockeyed for position to be first among equals. Groom's account of how Churchill, he of "devious mind," convinced Roosevelt to sign on to the invasion of North Africa is excellent. For all that, there's not much new in this history, and certainly nothing that readers well-versed in WWII history won't know. Yet that doesn't seem to be the audience here, for Groom writes as if his readers had never heard of Churchill, or FDR, or Uncle Joe. That notwithstanding, his accounts of the Tehran Conference of 1943 and the later Yalta Conference are tasty pieces of drama in which Stalin played a too-believing Roosevelt while planning a postwar Soviet empire, or at least a system of satellite states. At the latter gathering, he notes, "Roosevelt made the stunning declaration that he did not intend for American troops to remain in Europe more than two years after the war, and Stalin, apparently emboldened by the news, lied or prevaricated about his intentions in Eastern Europe." Not Groom at his best but certainly serviceable for readers without much background in the history of the era. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2018)
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collective biography
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10738737
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1944-
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Groom, Winston
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940.53092/2
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Stalin, Joseph
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Heads of state
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Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the unlikely alliance that won World War II
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The allies : Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the unlikely alliance that won World War II, Winston Groom
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-459) and index
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24 cm.
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463 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9781426219665
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(hbk.)
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The allies : Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the unlikely alliance that won World War II, Winston Groom
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-459) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
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  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
463 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781426219665
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, maps
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regular print

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