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The untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, and of the conference’s fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II.

Tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance among Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin just as victory was close at hand. Catherine Grace Katz uncovers the dramatic story of the three young women who were chosen by their fathers to travel with them to Yalta, each bound by fierce family loyalty, political savvy, and intertwined romances that powerfully colored these crucial days.

Kathleen Harriman was a champion skier, war correspondent, and daughter of U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Averell Harriman. Sarah Churchill, an actress-turned-RAF officer, was devoted to her brilliant father, who depended on her astute political mind. Roosevelt’s only daughter, Anna, chosen instead of her mother Eleanor to accompany the president to Yalta, arrived there as keeper of her father’s most damaging secrets. Situated in the political maelstrom that marked the transition to a post- war world, The Daughters of Yalta is a remarkable story of fathers and daughters whose relationships were tested and strengthened by the history they witnessed and the future they crafted together.

Narrated by Christine Rendel

©2020 Catherine Grace Katz (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Engaging

This is an interesting take on an almost forgotten summit meeting in Yalta near the end of WWII.

The book is well written and researched. I learned a few new items about the meeting in Yalta; but, I also learned something about each of these daughters of Churchill, Roosevelt and Harriman. It was great to obtain a view of each of these famous men through the eyes of their daughters. I read with the benefit of hindsight, therefore, felt Winston Churchill’s frustration even more as he tried to warn Roosevelt about Stalin’s pending power grab and what the fate of Poland and other boarder countries under USSR would be. But no one would listen to Churchill. If you are interested in this period of history, I highly recommend this book.

The book is fourteen hours and fifty-five minutes. Christine Rendel does a good job narrating the book. Rendel is a British voice-over artist and audiobook narrator.

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The Iron Curtain

Reneging on every promise-Stalin betrayed Roosevelt and Churchill and the entire world.
Ivanka Trump could NEVER compare to Sarah Churchill, Kathleen Harriman and Anna Roosevelt- she’s a disgrace and has brought diplomacy to a new low- thank goodness she will be leaving DC on January 20, 2021- Good riddance!

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my review daughter's of yalta.

history I had never heard before, very good narrator. the yalta meeting from 3 different views.

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Vibrant, personal perspective on history

The author makes history come to life and illustrate the challenges and difficulties of this pivotal moment in history.

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A Fortunate recommendation

So insightful, every page. On a topic almost forgotten. I am fortunate this book was recommended to me.

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Beautifully written and narrated

I’ve read a lot about World War II and this book gave me fresh insight into intimate personal details about FDR, Churchill, and Harriman. Stalin is a mystery but I understand what they didn’t because I read Stalin, the Red Czar. That said I feel the daughters letters and additional documentation helped me to a better understanding of WWII.

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Excellent, moving book.

Excellent book about three daughters and their relationship with their famous fathers. Also the little recognized, albeit important, roles women played in World War II.

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The Daughters

This was fascinating & educational. I learned so much history & yet it read like a novel. It should be a miniseries. The performance was most excellent.

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exceptional

I learned so much about a pivotal event in world history that resonates now with the war in Ukraine. The daughters roles and duties were under-appreciated. The friendships and relationships between families were astounding.

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Great historical read

This was a good book just not exactly what I was expecting. The books reads more like a history book than a novel. There was also many different people talked about and I couldn't keep everyone straight. An interesting part of history to learn about especially in light of today's world events.