The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War

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The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War
Title The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War
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Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release DateSeptember 29, 2020
Category Biographies & Memoirs
Total Pages 416 pages
ISBN 0358117852
Book Rating 4.5 out of 5 from 87 reviews
Language EN, ES, BE, DA ,DE , NL and FR
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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.

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