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Roosevelt's Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War

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In the spring of 1945, as the Allied victory in Europe was approaching, the shape of the postwar world hinged on the personal politics and flawed personalities of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. "Roosevelt's Lost Alliances" captures this moment and shows how FDR crafted a winning coalition by overcoming the different habits, upbringings, sympathies, and past experiences ...more
ebook, 544 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Read this for a grad class.

I enjoyed reading this book, but I also very much understand the criticisms. The very fact that it's super readable and entertaining comes from the not-so-reliable or convincing evidence Costigliola utilizes. The effect of personal politics is very intriguing, but the speculation and rather liberal interpretation are concerning.

But let's be honest, my chief complaint is that I now have a way too clear of an image of naked Churchill in my head. Mer.
Kyle Longley
This book reminds of the importance of leaders in critical points in history. It provides good insights into what might have happened had FDR lived and the postwar world may have looked very different than what evolved.
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