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Alliance: The Inside Story of How Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill Won One War and Began Another

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The gripping, behind-the-scenes, true account of a critical time in modern history, brought to new life through the accounts of three remarkable men at its core.

The history of the Second World War is typically told through its decisive battles and campaigns. But behind the front lines, behind even the command centers of Allied generals and military planners, a different l
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Hardcover, 475 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by MacAdam Cage (first published January 1st 2006)
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Eugene Kernes
Jul 10, 2016 Eugene Kernes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A book which focus's is on the leaders of the Second World War. A step by step on the political issues surrounding the Alliance between U.S.A., U.K., and U.S.S.R. One constant strain on the alliance was Stalin, U.S.S.R. dictator wanting to regain the older frontier, the frontier that would potentially influence the future of Europe after the Second World War. The concern in this book is only for the social aspects of the three leaders and the cultural difference, alongside the hardships each ...more
Lara
Jan 23, 2016 Lara rated it liked it
I'm not really into politics, so I found this book for the most part boring. There were some interesting portions, especially the personal parts, but there were many parts that could have been changed: the author needs to include the interpretations of his Latin and French words; also, what is a CIGS? And the spelling could have been checked again: desert is not the meal that comes after dinner.
Robert
Mar 19, 2009 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a detailed and fascinating insight into the relations between the leaders of the allies, focusing on each of their meetings during the course of the second world war. It shows how Europe ended up divided, the distrust between the allies, the level of Stalin's paranoia, and most shockingly the naivety and foolishness of Roosevelt in siding with Stalin against what he saw as the archaic British Empire, and the extent of communist infiltration of the US administration.
Lesia Mandzevych
Mar 15, 2016 Lesia Mandzevych rated it it was amazing
"Alliance" provides the unbelievable experience of diving into this "behind the closed door" negotiation process. It gives the understanding that even most influential world leaders are still humans, with stomach aches and hangovers, and they tend to get vulnearable sometimes, too. Yet, they're ones, who have been chosen to determine the destinies of the millions.
Nathan
Jan 18, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A history of the World War 2 allies as seen through the personal interactions of the three leaders. I learned some stuff here. Stalin comes across as a cold hearted bastard who could be charming when he wanted something, and Roosevelt is treated as not as clever and manipulative as he thought he was. Stalin won. Rated PG for some coarse language. 3/5
J
Mar 08, 2016 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
6/10 Good coverage of all the WWII conferences between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. It focuses on the conferences and not battles. It loses points for the bad Kindle formatting, which is not the author's fault, but it's the publisher's fault for not fixing this. It's not divided by chapters, and opening a footnote caused my Kindle to crash and reboot.
Stacie
Feb 05, 2011 Stacie rated it really liked it
I found this book really insightful into how the personalities and the relationships of the "Big Three" played into creating the Alliance, but also the subsequent Cold War.
Jack
Mar 14, 2010 Jack rated it it was amazing
One of my Favorite books. It offers a marvelous insight into war,peace, politics and diplomacy. Also read - "WW2 - behind closed doors" by Laurence Rees.
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