Six Months in 1945

Six Months in 1945

FDR, Stalin, Churchill and Truman-- From World War to Cold War

Audiobook CD - 2012
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When Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin 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 they set the stage for a forty-four division of Europe into Soviet and Western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was beginning to fracture. Although the most dramatic Cold War confrontations such as the Berlin airlift were still to come, a new struggle for global hegemony had got underway by August 1945 when Truman used the atomic bomb against Hiroshima. This audiobook brilliantly captures this momentous historical turning point, chronicling the geopolitical twists behind the fall of the Iron Curtain, while illuminating the aims and personalities of larger-than-life poliltical giants. It is a vividly rendered story of individual and national interests in fierce competition at a seminal moment in history.
Publisher: [Westminister, MD] : Books on Tape, [2012]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780449013779
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (990 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Walter, Bob


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Aug 08, 2016

It was awkward to rate this: its good, but not as good as 'Paris 1919', and the type of history it is, is a bit different: it has diplomacy, but not a lot; it has much detail (down to curtains, road conditions, toilet facilities, etc.), though a bit too much at times; and it has backstories, of lives, careers, social and historic conditions, etc., which is probably the best parts. Well narrated with a clear, deep voice.

Feb 09, 2015

Cinematic treatment of key scenes, eg FDR, Churchill and Stalin trying to fool one another at Yalta. Russians and Americans wanted to control the world for their own ends, masked in benign rationalizations. Churchill wanted the small states of Europe free and independent, while maintaining Britain's hold on the Empire. The author treats "Wilsonian idealism" as genuine, not hypocritical posturing. He seems to believe the Cold War resulted from unfortunate misunderstandings, not the inherent rapacity of two voracious rival systems. The West had feared Bolshevism before the War; why would these old antagonists continue to cooperate once Hitler was gone?
Mischaracterizes Theresienstadt as a transit camp to Auschwitz; it was a livable ghetto with many refinements added by the residents, several of whom later wrote of their positive experiences there.


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