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At the close of World War Two, in 1945, the most powerful men alive - Winston Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin - gather to survey the smoking ruins of Europe at the famous Yalta Conference. They must try and create a future where the atrocities of the last few years could never happen again. But as the negotiations begin that will eventually change the map of the world, the tension and pressure on political partnerships intensifies. In the fight against Hitler, Churchill's difficult relationship with the leaders of the Allied Powers, Roosevelt and Stalin, becomes a power struggle that will have the most dramatic global consequences.
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&?This blood-and-thunder tale carries the ring of authenticity . . . a great triumph&?&
World War II is about to end when the world&'s three most powerful men gather at Yalta in the Soviet Crimea: an idealistic and exhausted Franklin Roosevelt, a dyspeptic and feisty Winston Churchill and a brutal Joseph Stalin. Once proud allies, they will lie and cheat and deceive each other. And, while doing so, they will change both the map and the destiny of Europe.&
In this riveting historic novel, you become a fly on the wall of history. For those fatal eight days at Yalta, you are privy to the heart and mind of England&'s prime minister who hopes he has enough strength to negotiate with the Russian dictator and enough whiskey to last the week. Carrying the burden of history, Churchill becomes Europe&'s conscience, when, to save the peace agreed to at Yalta, he must decide whether to commit a devastating act of betrayal.&
&?Dobbs captures his famous subject with artistry. With every stroke of his brush, he etches the character deeper into the memory. It is beautifully done.&?&
&?Dobbs is following in a respectable tradition. Shakespeare, Walter Scott, even Tolstoy, all used historical events as the framework for their writings. And, unlike some of their distinguished works, Dobbs&'s novel is, in fact, astonishingly historically accurate.&?&
&?Dobbs has given us a splendid diversion, one that makes it worth chucking the TV set out of the window and settling down with a book.&?&
&?Brilliant . . . full of magnificently dark political characters&?&
&?Intrigue, political scandal and government treachery . . . Dobbs demonstrates why he is the master.&?&
-Times Literary Supplement&
&?This is a rattling good yarn to keep you warm on long winter nights. . . . Here is good old-fashioned entertainment in the great British tradition of Rider Haggard done with wit, skill, pace and panache.&?&
During his eventful career, Michael Dobbs has acted as advisor to Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and been both Chief of Staff and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He was Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and a regular presenter of BBC TV's 'Despatch Box'. His previous novels include the bestselling House of Cards, (made into a popular TV series), and more recently Goodfellowe MP, The Buddha of Brewer Street, and Whispers of Betrayal. He has been a judge of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award.
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Book Description Headline Book Publishing, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0755326806
Book Description Headline Book Publishing. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0755326806 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0307571