I received The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II in exchange for an honest review, via TLC Book Tours. With that in mind, let’s get into the review, shall we?
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The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom
Publisher: National Geographic (November 13, 2018)
Print Length: 464 pages
Audiobook Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
Narrator: George Guidall
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.
The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II is the non fiction account of the unlikely alliance between Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin during the fight against Adolf Hitler’s Germany during World War II.
Groom is a master storyteller, and I have to commend him on taking such a broad topic and making it appeal to the masses. He takes each of the power players and shapes the book to read in three parts: their upbringing, their rise to power, and how they became and worked together as allies. If you are interested in the time period, and want a good place to start, this is the book for you.
While I knew the cliffnotes version of the alliance and the men as individuals, Groom was able to offer bits of information I didn’t know, bits that I only knew half of, and bits that I was aware of. I particularly enjoyed how Groom presented the information in a nonchalant sort of way. He painted these figures as men, rather than mythical beings, with faults, and secrets, and personal agendas, which humanized them for me. Also, Groom really hits home the fact that the only reason these three men came together was to oppose fascism, given their clear political points of difference.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom. Have any non-fiction recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.