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The Allies

Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
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Best-selling author Winston Groom tells the complex story of how Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin - the three iconic and vastly different Allied leaders - aligned to win World War II and created a new world order. 

By the end of World War II, 59 nations were arrayed against the Axis powers, but three great Allied leaders - Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin - had emerged to control the war in Europe and the Pacific. Vastly different in upbringing and political beliefs, they were not always in agreement - or even on good terms. But, often led by Churchill's enduring spirit, in the end, these three men changed the course of history. 

Using the remarkable letters between the three world leaders, enriching narrative details of their personal lives, and riveting tales of battles won and lost, best-selling historian Winston Groom returns to share one of the biggest stories of the 20th century: the interwoven and remarkable tale, and a fascinating study of leadership styles, of three world leaders who fought the largest war in history.

©2018 Winston Groom (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Great read

Excellent! Great narration as well. There is so much information in just this one book...

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Great book! Well done.

History that is also entertaining! Look forward to another book from the author. Soon I hope.

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  • Chamblee, GA, United States
  • 12-24-18

Worth Your Time

This is a good book, although not Winston Groom's best. The book provides (1) good, short biographies of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin; (2) a short history of World War II (particularly in Europe); and (3) a good summary of the interactions of the "Big Three" in World War II. It would be an excellent reference for those who are not well read on World War II. The book demonstrates that Churchill was the consummate leader, Roosevelt was effective, but surprisingly naive (and had lost his edge at the end), and Stalin was one of the most evil persons ever to live.

One somewhat distracting, although perhaps inevitable, aspect of the book is that the story jumps around a bit. Because the book switches among the protagonists, it will sometimes cover an event from, say, the point of view of Churchill, and then later cover the same event from the viewpoint of Stalin. This is a nit, but is noticeable.

I found the narration to be less than first rate. The narrator's voice seemed to vary from time to time, and, to me anyway, had an odd quality to it.

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Great historical overview of the subjects

While the narrator's British accent was a bit difficult for me to follow at points, the story was smartly told and for some reason anyone with an interest in WW2, very entertaining. The impression left at the end of the day is that Stalin was a monster, Churchill was an inspired genius, and FDR was something of an enigma. For anyone who is a student of WW2, there is little that they would already have known.