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Sylla

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  • Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (51)

    When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler's armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace - but instead set the stage for a 44-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an "iron curtain" being drawn down over the Continent.

    Alan says: "Totally Outstanding. Bravo !"
    "Amateurish history worthy of a high school student"
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    Performance
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It needed to be profesional history rather than a collection of cliches


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Biography of Jefferson


    What didn’t you like about Bob Walter’s performance?

    Flat expressionless voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment indeed, I was looking for some insightful analysis, some new understanding of this well covered period and instead one gets cliches about Stalin's "Russian Autocratic manner" and insignificant minutiae about lodging arrangements, all of which feel like space fillers rather than truly meaningful information.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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