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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Told History, 20 Jan 2010
This review is from: World War Two: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West (Paperback)
This book helps to add a more rounded picture to our knowledge of the relationship between the Allies during WW2. Thanks to archive material released following the fall of the USSR we are now able to discover the truth behind the accepted wisdom.

We are shown that Churchill and Roosevelt went out of there way to build a personal relationship with Stalin. This was often done at the expense of the other leader. Agreements were made that weakened the position of each Western leader as they set out to get the best from the discussions.

We also find that neither Churchill or Roosevelt understood that Stalin was a dictator and therefore not subject to public opinion or pressure from other members of the politburo. In fact they chose to believe that the Soviet leader was able o change position on subjects and alter his policy to suit his own ends.

Two of the biggest shocks were that both Churchill and Roosevelt were happy to sell the Polish nation down the river and unilaterally agree to giving Stalin the Eastern half of Poland that he'd taken in 1939. In addition we see that the "special relationship", that we all grew up believing in, never actually existed.

Roosevelt was happy to belittle Churchill and to make decisions without his involvement. Equally Churchill had less influence over Roosevelt than we had previously thought. There was no doubt which country was the senior and the ultimate powerbroker here.

This is a highly recommended read and is fast paced - on occasion a little to fast as you seem to move through long periods of time in a few pages.
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Initial post: 29 Jan 2010 16:23:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2010 13:20:30 GMT
ALVARO says:
Churchill hated communism,and so did the Royal's and the business elite.Edward the third was on close term's with Hitler,and had to abdicate to avoid the scandal.British banker's funded Hitler's rise to power,and this included 5 million pound from the Daily Mail,because they thought he was going to win.A deal was made with the German's to lay off the western front,to let Hitler attack the Russian's.After the war the U.K. and the U.S. intervened in free election's so that nazi's and collaborator's.Stayed in position's of power,Churchill and Truman sold out all the Brit's and American's who died,for nothing!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012 17:08:10 GMT
Yes indeed Churchill, the royals and the business elite did hate communism, but with good reason considering the millions that died and the millions that suffered under that delusional and (happily) deceased Nineteenth Century creed. As regards your other historical assertions, they are about as accurate as your command of English grammar and your knowledge of British monarchs : using the possessive form of a noun in lieu of a plural makes your statements amusingly illiterate as is your statement about Edward the Third (a medieval monarch who died centuries earlier). Sure we all know Edward the Eighth was a traitor, which is why the British establishment removed him (one of the few sensible things they managed to do in the Thirties).
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