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A penetrating account of the dynamics of World War II's Grand Alliance through the messages exchanged by the "Big Three" 

Stalin exchanged more than 600 messages with Allied leaders Churchill and Roosevelt during the Second World War. In this riveting volume - the fruit of a unique British-Russian scholarly collaboration - the messages are published and also analyzed within their historical context. Ranging from intimate personal greetings to weighty salvos about diplomacy and strategy, this book offers fascinating new revelations of the political machinations and human stories behind the Allied triumvirate. 

Edited by two of the world's leading scholars on World War II diplomacy and based on a decade of research in British, American, and newly available Russian archives, this crucial addition to wartime scholarship illuminates an alliance that really worked while exposing its fractious limits and the issues and egos that set the stage for the Cold War that followed.

©2018 David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Frank Reader
  • 05-02-2020

I read it and was happy when it ended.

Writers & researchers are utterly bigoted in favor of Stalin. They may quote select messages, but their commentary far too often smacks of Soviet era hero worship - of itself. They manage to make no mention of Stalin starting WW2 (with Germany), thereby destroying the second front he was soon to complain about and beg others to provide, yet they fail to develop, even consider, that the US was all along fighting a two front war, and one with a Japan that Stalin wanted no part of fighting - until America had it entirely on the defensive. The reader of the book is quite good. Frank Reader

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  • brian
  • 09-04-2019

A very interesting story.

A great effort by the editors here, though the narrator, though was good, could've been better. Regardless, an important historical book, for sure.

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