A fascinating "you-are-there" look at World War II through the lives of Hitler, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.
In a unique combination of innovative style and thorough scholarship, Warlords tells the story of World War II through the lives of the four great war leaders: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and Franklin Roosevelt. While their nations fought battles with weapons, the four warlords of the twentieth century fought a war of the mind. Structured along the lines of a cinematic thriller, rapidly cutting from one man to the next, the book takes us blow by blow as they try to outthink and outfight each other. These encounters are told on a day-by-day, even hour-by-hour basis, affording unparalleled insights into parallel actions.
Though there have been many single, and some dual, biographies, no previous book has put these four great figures together in this exciting and popularly appealing way. Moving from Whitehall and Washington to the Wolf's Lair and the Kremlin, Warlords documents the psychological battles among the leaders and shows how their thoughts and actions changed history.
May 10, 1940
Just after midnight, Friday, May 10, 1940. Two imposing steam
engines at the head of ten luxuriously appointed coaches in bottle-green livery
slid towards a junction 140 miles west of Berlin. The train had been traveling
north from Hanover towards Hamburg, but now a set of points switched it to the
west. It smoothly and slowly changed direction. On board this special train,
code-named Amerika, was Adolf Hitler. The Führer was on a one-way ticket to
With Hitler was his personal secretary, Christa Schroeder, a breezy and attractive young woman of 32 who was full of admiration for the charm and vitality of the "boss." She wrote an excited letter to a friend describing her great adventure. The day before, the "inner" circle in Hitlers office in the Reich Chancellery, of which she was thrilled to be part, had only been told that they were going "on a trip." Its destination and length were a secret....
The relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill is particularly fascinating. Today, they are usually portrayed as bosom-buddy allies, but the journal entries and eye-witness reports of the time portray a quite different relationship. In fact, it appears that Roosevelt considered Britain's imperial ambitions to be a greater threat than Stalin's, and considered Stalin the sort of person that he could do business with.
(Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
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Joanna Potts received a First Class degree in Historical Studies from the University of Bristol. While at university Joanna specialized in the study of Soviet Russia, concentrating particularly on the years 1917-1953. She also undertook in-depth research into Europe and the Second World War, completing a comprehensive study of Anthony Eden and Winston Churchill during the war years.
Simon Berthon, described by the Daily Telegraph as a formidable Second World War historian, is one of Britains most distinguished writers and producers of television history. His previous book was Allies at War, on the bitter-sweet relationship between Churchill, Roosevelt and de Gaulle.
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