The Allies | By Winston Groom
The Allies: Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II | Written by Winston Groom
This fall marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Winston Groom’s bestselling and beloved novel Forrest Gump, as well as the release of his twentieth book. Out in time for Veteran’s Day, and well in advance of the 75th anniversary of D Day, THE ALLIES: Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II vividly portrays an alliance that changed the course of World War II and shaped the world of today.
By 1945, fifty-nine nations were arrayed against the Axis powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan. But three great Allied leaders—Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—had emerged to control the war in Europe and the Pacific. THE ALLIES is their story, revealing the personal lives and professional styles of three remarkable, yet dramatically different men who were able to put their differences aside to win the largest – and deadliest -- war in history.
At a time when our country has become increasingly polarized, it can be enlightening to look back and understand how battles were fought and wars were won -- not only through military might, but through the power of diplomacy and civilized discourse. In these colorful pages, Groom plumbs more than 2000 letters to document the changing course of the leaders’ relationships over the course of the conflict, revealing each man’s often veiled feelings (including Stalin’s estimation that Churchill was an open book but that Roosevelt hid his true objectives.)
Groom is a remarkable storyteller, and in these page he brings each man vividly to life. Alluring details from their personal lives, such as Stalin’s fear of plane travel, Roosevelt’s romantic entanglements and Churchill’s youthful difficulty at school, provide the backdrop for their fascinating and often complicated interactions. Taken together with riveting tales of battles won and lost, and illustrated with more than thirty contemporary photos and maps, THE ALLIES is history that both enthralls and enlivens.