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The Stalin Affair

The Impossible Alliance that Won the War

Giles Milton

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John Murray
14 May 2024
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'Page-turning . . . a sizzling high-stakes tale' JAMES HOLLAND

'This book might read like the screenplay of a gripping movie, yet every word is accurate and verified' ANDREW ROBERTS

'Giles Milton is a phenomenon' DAN SNOW

'Another rollercoaster ride from Giles Milton. Endlessly surprising' ANTHONY HOROWITZ

From internationally bestselling historian Giles Milton comes the remarkable true story of the Allies' secret mission to wartime Moscow.

In the summer of 1941, as Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, Stalin's forces faced a catastrophic defeat which would make the Allies' liberation of Europe virtually impossible. To avert this disaster, Britain and America mobilized an elite team of remarkable diplomats with the mission of keeping the Red Army in the war.

Into to the heart of Stalin's Moscow Roosevelt sent Averell Harriman, the fourth richest man in America and his brilliant young daughter Kathy. Churchill dispatched the reckless but brilliant bon vivant Archie Clark Kerr - and occasionally himself - to negotiate with the Kremlin's wiliest operators. Together, this improbable group grappled with the ingenious, mercurial Stalin to make victory possible. But they also discovered that the Soviet dictator had a terrifying masterplan for the post-war world.

Based on astonishing unpublished diaries, letters and secret reports, The Stalin Affair reveals troves of new material about the most unlikely coalition in history.

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Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   580g
ISBN:   9781529398526
ISBN 10:   1529398525
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Giles Milton is the million-copy, internationally bestselling author of a dozen works of narrative history. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages. Two of Milton's previous works, Nathaniel's Nutmeg and Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, are currently being developed into major screen projects. Milton is the writer and narrator of the acclaimed narrative podcast series, Ministry of Secrets, produced by Sony and available on all platforms. He lives in London and Burgundy.

Reviews for The Stalin Affair: The Impossible Alliance that Won the War

"Giles Milton has mined new information to portray a convincing account of the relationship between the Second World War's ""Big Three"". This book might read like the screenplay of a gripping movie, yet every word is accurate and verified -- Andrew Roberts Giles Milton is a phenomenon. He is masterful as he weaves grand strategy together with individual stories, in all their colour and eccentricity. The result is a rich narrative that leaps from the microscopic to the universal and back again -- Dan Snow Giles Milton has done it again - a wartime tale of intrigue, risk and cunning involving not only three giants of twentieth century history, but a maverick British diplomat, a dashing American millionaire and his irrepressible daughter. It's a gripping tale that sheds light on one of the second world war's enduring riddles: how did Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin bury their differences and remain allies long enough to defeat Hitler? -- Jonathan Freedland Another rollercoaster ride from Giles Milton. Endlessly surprising. -- Anthony Horowitz Giles Milton is a fine historian but also a born story-teller. This is a superb recreation of an astonishing and unlikely wartime alliance, vividly brought to life in this page-turning book. Political machinations, clashes of culture, deception and deviousness, as well as friendships forged, and a fabulous cast of extraordinary characters combine in a sizzling high-stakes tale of wartime diplomacy that takes the reader from London to Moscow and beyond. Fabulous. -- James Holland"


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