When Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitlerís armies were on the run, and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peaceóbut instead they set the stage for a forty-four year divisi......more
When Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitlerís armies were on the run, and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peaceóbut instead they set the stage for a forty-four year 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. Six Months in 1945 brilliantly captures this momentous historical turning point while illuminating the aims and personalities of larger-than-life political giants.
Now a U.S. citizen, Michael Dobbs was born and educated in Britain, with fellowships at Princeton and Harvard. He spent much of his career as a reporter for The Washington Post, for which he covered the collapse of communism. His previous books include One Minute to Midnight, and Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire, a finalist for the 1997 PEN award for nonfiction.
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