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Six months in 1945 : FDR, Stalin, Churchill and Truman--from world war to cold war / by Michael Dobbs.

By: Dobbs, Michael, 1950-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2013Copyright date: ©2012Edition: First Vintage Books edition.Description: xvi, 418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0307456676; 9780307456670.Subject(s): Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 | Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 | Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 | Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 | Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 | Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 | Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 | Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 | Cold War (1945-1989) | World War (1939-1945) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history | World War, 1939-1945 -- Peace | World politics -- 1945-1955 | United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union | Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States | Cold War -- Diplomatic history | Peace | Diplomacy | Diplomatic history | Diplomatic relations | World politics | Soviet Union | United States | 1939-1955DDC classification: 940.53/22
Contents:
"The best I could do". Roosevelt : February 3 ; Stalin : February 4 ; Churchill : February 5 ; Poland : February 6 ; Grand Design : February 10 ; Euphoria : February 13 -- "An Iron Curtain is drawn down". Comrade Vyshinsky : February 27 ; "An impenetrable veil" : March 7 ; Death of a President : April 12 ; The neophyte and the Commissar : April 23 ; Linkup : April 25 ; Victory : May 8 ; "The salvation of the world" : May 26 ; Atomic poker : June 1 ; Red Empire : June 24 -- "A peace that is no peace". Berlin : July 4 ; Terminal : July 16 ; Loot : July 23 ; "FINIS" : July 26 ; Hiroshima : August 6 ; After the bomb.
Summary: A riveting account of the pivotal six-month period spanning the end of World War II, the dawn of the nuclear age, and the beginning of the Cold War.
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Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-402) and index.

A riveting account of the pivotal six-month period spanning the end of World War II, the dawn of the nuclear age, and the beginning of the Cold War.

"The best I could do". Roosevelt : February 3 ; Stalin : February 4 ; Churchill : February 5 ; Poland : February 6 ; Grand Design : February 10 ; Euphoria : February 13 -- "An Iron Curtain is drawn down". Comrade Vyshinsky : February 27 ; "An impenetrable veil" : March 7 ; Death of a President : April 12 ; The neophyte and the Commissar : April 23 ; Linkup : April 25 ; Victory : May 8 ; "The salvation of the world" : May 26 ; Atomic poker : June 1 ; Red Empire : June 24 -- "A peace that is no peace". Berlin : July 4 ; Terminal : July 16 ; Loot : July 23 ; "FINIS" : July 26 ; Hiroshima : August 6 ; After the bomb.

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Library Journal Review

Dobbs persuasively locates the beginning of the Cold War in the period roughly between the Yalta Conference of February 1945 and the Potsdam Conference in July, when the victorious Allies met up against the intractable problems of reconciling their divergent interests and war aims. The later confrontations of the Cold War, he says, were adumbrated by early tests of will that took place even before the end of war. The end of the war in Europe, and the prospect of an atomic bomb, accelerated the wartime Allies' desire to consolidate and improve their respective positions before Japan surrendered. Using many primary sources, Dobbs sketches vivid portraits of the leaders who shaped events, or neglected to do so, and ably conveys the tension and uncertainty of the era. -VERDICT Recommended for serious and lay military historians, and all readers seeking an understanding of the origins of the Cold War.-RF (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Dobbs, a former reporter for The Washington Post and author of One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War (CH, Dec'08, 46-2276), has mined mainly English-language sources to produce an exciting history of the major events and personalities bracketed by the six-month period between the meetings at Yalta and Potsdam in 1945. The story sheds light on the relationship between Churchill, Roosevelt, Truman, and Stalin, and explores the decisions and developments that saw the end of WW II and the advent of the Cold War. While Dobbs offers nothing new in the way of archival research, he has a firm grasp of the general facts and narrative of the history of 1945 and provides fascinating insights and new interpretations that hold the reader's interest. He shows, for example, that the Soviets and Americans really did not understand each other's values and goals. Stalin came from a different world, bizarre even for Russians, but strangely wanted the Americans and British to accept his paranoia, xenophobia, and, alas, ideological Weltanschauung. This is popular history that sparkles. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. D. J. Dunn Texas State University--San Marcos

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Born in 1948 Michael Dobb was Chief of Staff and later Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He has a doctorate in nuclear defense studies. Dobbs has also been Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, he presented the BBC TV current affairs program Despatch Box and was a columnist for The Mail on Sunday. <p> Dobbs recently penned the hugely acclaimed theatre play, 'The Turning Point'. He is also the author of the Harry Jones Thrillers, Churchill Novels, and the Parliamentary Novels Series. The immensely popular Netflix series House of Cards is based on book 1 of the Parliamentary Novels by the same name. <p> Michael became Lord Dobbs of Wylye in December 2010 after a long career in and around politics. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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