Yalta: The Price of Peace

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Penguin, Feb 4, 2010 - History - 480 pages
A major new history of the eight days in February 1945 when FDR, Churchill, and Stalin decided the fate of the world

Imagine you could eavesdrop on a dinner party with three of the most fascinating historical figures of all time. In this landmark book, a gifted Harvard historian puts you in the room with Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt as they meet at a climactic turning point in the war to hash out the terms of the peace.

The ink wasn't dry when the recriminations began. The conservatives who hated Roosevelt's New Deal accused him of selling out. Was he too sick? Did he give too much in exchange for Stalin's promise to join the war against Japan? Could he have done better in Eastern Europe? Both Left and Right would blame Yalta for beginning the Cold War.

Plokhy's conclusions, based on unprecedented archival research, are surprising. He goes against conventional wisdom-cemented during the Cold War- and argues that an ailing Roosevelt did better than we think. Much has been made of FDR's handling of the Depression; here we see him as wartime chief. Yalta is authoritative, original, vividly- written narrative history, and is sure to appeal to fans of Margaret MacMillan's bestseller Paris 1919.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This is a competent and detailed study of the conference. Mr. Plokhy is a Ukrainian, and his view is an assessment of then-present realities rather than some of the myths arising from Cold war ... Read full review

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Could FDR and Churchill have done more for Poland? Well, it seems probably not. Did Alger Hiss give away Allied strategy? No he did't. Did Churchill save Greece? Yes with help from Stalin who wanted ... Read full review

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Chapter 1 The Presidents Journey
Chapter 2 Meeting on Malta
Chapter 3 The Tsars Playground
Chapter 4 The Red Host
Chapter 5 Reunion of the Big Three
Chapter 6 The Winter Offensive
Chapter 7 The German Question
Chapter 8 Spoils of War
Chapter 18 Allies Should Not Deceive
Chapter 19 A Polish Surrender
Chapter 20 The Fate of Germany
Chapter 21 Liberated Europe and the Balkan Deal
Chapter 22 Iran Turkey and the Empire
Chapter 23 Secret Agreements
Chapter 24 Prisoners of War
Chapter 25 The Last Supper

Chapter 9 The Security Council
Chapter 10 In the Führers Shadow
Chapter 11 Dividing the Balkans
Chapter 12 The Battle for Poland
Chapter 13 What Would the Ukrainians Say?
Chapter 14 Counting Votes in the United Nations
Chapter 15 Stalemate on Poland
Chapter 16 The Bombline
Chapter 17 The Far Eastern Blitz
Chapter 26 Crossing the Finish Line
Chapter 27 Days of Hope
Chapter 28 Signs of Trouble
Chapter 29 Spy Wars
Chapter 30 Stalin Digs In
Chapter 31 After Roosevelt

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About the author (2010)

Serhii Plokhii (Plokhy) is Mykhailo Hrushevsky professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University and the author of several award-winning books on Ukrainian and Russian history, including The Cossacks and Religion in Early Modern Ukraine (Oxford, 2001), The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (Cambridge, 2006), and Ukraine and Russia: Representations of the Past (Toronto, 2008). His revisionist account of the 1945 Yalta conference, Yalta: The Price of Peace was released by Viking Press on 4 February 2010, to mark the 65-th anniversary of the start of the Yalta Conference.

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