The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom is a non-fiction book which recounts how Russia became and unlikely ally with the United States and England during World War II. Mr. Groom is a historian and novelist.
- 464 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426219660
History, to me, is fascinating not only because of the big picture, but also of the little stories which make up the headlines. We all heard about the three leaders mentioned in The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom, the author goes about telling the reader how, and why, they decided to become allies despite many differences.
Russia did not have the same geopolitical goals, and was seen as the ideological enemy of the United States and England. Add to that Joseph Stalin, a suspicious and strong willed political adversary and one could consider this alliance a miracle.
We have Winston Churchill who is a “doer”, Joseph Stalin – a survivor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt who has to referee between the two. The three leaders, strong willed and very suspicious of one another, still made this alliance work.
The author doesn’t just write history, he tells a story by giving us a history of each leader and what made them. Afterwards, the reader gets to learn how these three great personalities managed to synergy and find common ground (hating Nazis was a big one).
Even though this book is long and busy, I thought it was easy to read, entertaining, and well presented. I could easily follow the author’s logic to its conclusions and even learned a few new things.
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours.
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