Saving Stalin: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Cost of Allied Victory in Europe (Hardcover)
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In his trademark character-rich narrative style, John Kelly tells the story of how the relationship among Allied leaders forged victory in World War II -- and created a new and dangerous post-war world.
In the summer of 1941, Harry Hopkins, Franklin Roosevelt's trusted advisor, arrived in Moscow to assess whether the US should send aid to Russia as it had to Britain. And unofficially he was there to determine whether Josef Stalin -- the man who had starved four million Ukrainians to death in the early 1930s, another million in the purges of the late 1930s, and a further million in the labor camps of the Gulag -- was worth saving. Hopkins sensed that saving Stalin was going to be a treacherous business.
In this powerful narrative, author John Kelly chronicles the turbulent wartime relationship between Britain, America, and the Soviet Union with a unique focus on unknown and unexplored aspects of the story, including how Britain and America employed the promise of a second front in France to restrain Soviet territorial ambitions and how the Soviets, in their turn, used threats of a separate peace with Germany to extract concessions from the western allies. Kelly paints a vivid picture of how the war impacted the relationship between the leaders and war managers among the Allies. In Saving Stalin, for the first time, the war becomes a major character, co-equal with the book's three other major characters: Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill.
About the Author
John Kelly is the author of the highly praised bestseller The Great Mortality, about the Black Death of 1348, and the acclaimed The Graves Are Walking, about the Irish famine of the mid-nineteenth century, as well as Never Surrender, his praised previous book about the beginning of World War II. He has written extensively about medicine, history, and psychology. He lives in New York City.
"John Kelly is a master at bringing historical figures to life, and in Saving Stalin he has the most compelling cast of the twentieth century. Of all the evocative details, I'll never forget Stalin scratching out a doodle of wolves roaming the tundra whenever he felt nervous."—David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father
"Earlier John Kelly wrote about the first days of World War II. Now he writes about its end--and about the making of the post-war world. This is narrative history at its finest."—John M. Barry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Great Influenza
"A well-rendered popular history describing war and great men."—Kirkus Reviews
"A vivid look at the relationship between Allied leaders of Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union... from the author of the highly acclaimed book The Great Mortality, about the Black Death of 1348."—New York Post, selected as one of the Best Books of the Fall
"Historian Kelly offers a solid look at the evolving relationships among FDR, Churchill, and Stalin that led to their cooperation to defeat Germany in WW II,... details the high level discussions among Allied leaders,... and is particularly good at conveying how victory over Hitler was far from inevitable. [Saving Stalin offers] a firm grasp of the histories and personalities involved."—Publishers Weekly