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Eight days at Yalta : how Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin shaped the post-war world

Author: Diana Preston
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Grove Atlantic hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"While some of the last battles of WWII were being fought, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin-the so-called "Big Three"-met from February 4-11, 1945, in the Crimean resort town of Yalta. Over eight days of bargaining, bombast, and intermittent bonhomie, while Soviet soldiers and NKVD men patrolled the grounds of the three palaces occupied by  Read more...
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Named Person: Winston Churchill; Franklin D Roosevelt; Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin; Franklin D Roosevelt; Winston Churchill
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Preston
ISBN: 9780802147653 0802147658
OCLC Number: 1122689433
Description: xvii, 398 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Maps --
Dramatis personae --
PERSONALITIES, POLITICS AND PRESSURES. 'The Big Three' --
'We Ended Friends' --
PREPARATIONS, MALTA AND ELSEWHERE, EARLY 1945. Argonaut --
'One Tiny Bright Flame in the Darkness' --
'JAW TO JAW', YALTA, 3-11 FEBRUARY 1945. 'All the Comforts of Home' --
'Uncle Joe and Stone Arse' --
'To Each According to his Deserts' --
'The Monstrous Bastard of the Peace of Versailles' --
'The Riviera of Hades' --
'The Broad Sunlit Plains of Peace and Happiness' --
'Quite a Decent Arrangement About Poland' --
'Judge Roosevelt Approves' --
'A Landmark in Human History' --
AN ALLIANCE UNDER PRESSURE, FEBRUARY TO AUGUST 1945. Elephants in the Room --
'A Fraudulent Prospectus' --
'I Liked the Little Son of a Bitch' --
AFTERMATH. The Iron Curtain Descends. Prologue --
Personalities, politics and pressures --
Preparations, Malta and elsewhere, early 1945 --
'Jaw to jaw', Yalta, 3-11 February 1945 --
An alliance under pressure, February to August 1945 --
Aftermath --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Diana Preston.

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"While some of the last battles of WWII were being fought, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin-the so-called "Big Three"-met from February 4-11, 1945, in the Crimean resort town of Yalta. Over eight days of bargaining, bombast, and intermittent bonhomie, while Soviet soldiers and NKVD men patrolled the grounds of the three palaces occupied by their delegations, they decided, among other things, on the endgame of the war against Nazi Germany and how a defeated and occupied Germany should be governed, on the constitution of the nascent United Nations, on the price of Soviet entry into the war against Japan, on the new borders of Poland, and on spheres of influence elsewhere in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Greece. With the deep insight of a skilled historian, drawing on the memorable accounts of those who were there-from the leaders and high-level advisors such as Averell Harriman, Anthony Eden, and Andrei Gromyko, to Churchill's clear-eyed secretary Marian Holmes and FDR's insightful daughter Anna Boettiger-Diana Preston has, on the 75th anniversary of this historic event, crafted a masterful and vivid chronicle of the conference that created the post-war world, out of which came decisions that still resonate loudly today"--

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