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Best-selling author Winston Groom tells the complex story of how Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin--the three iconic and vastly different Allied leaders--aligned to win World War II and created a new world order. By the end of World War II, 59 nations were arrayed against the axis powers, but three great Allied leaders--Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Chu Best-selling author Winston Groom tells the complex story of how Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin--the three iconic and vastly different Allied leaders--aligned to win World War II and created a new world order. 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.


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Best-selling author Winston Groom tells the complex story of how Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin--the three iconic and vastly different Allied leaders--aligned to win World War II and created a new world order. By the end of World War II, 59 nations were arrayed against the axis powers, but three great Allied leaders--Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Chu Best-selling author Winston Groom tells the complex story of how Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin--the three iconic and vastly different Allied leaders--aligned to win World War II and created a new world order. 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.

30 review for The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jill Mackin

    Groom brings Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin to life! The book is well written and so interesting to read. One of the biggest stories of the 20th century: the winning of the 2nd WW.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Crowe

    The Allies by Winston Groom A superb history of the three leaders who guided the world during WWII: Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Not only did these three political giants direct the strategy of the war, they contributed to the future direction of the world by decisions made at the war’s conclusion. Although I have read books and viewed movies that detailed specific battles and places, Groom did a lovely job weaving a story that pulled the events together into a broad p The Allies by Winston Groom A superb history of the three leaders who guided the world during WWII: Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Not only did these three political giants direct the strategy of the war, they contributed to the future direction of the world by decisions made at the war’s conclusion. Although I have read books and viewed movies that detailed specific battles and places, Groom did a lovely job weaving a story that pulled the events together into a broad perspective which I thoroughly enjoyed. And as I have come to expect in all his histories, the anecdotes were fascinating and I learned new details about the characters and the events in play. A powerful story!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This is an ambitious book; a triple biography, and a history of WWII, as such it of necessity skims the surface, and yet Groom manages to give a very good picture of each man's life and character as well as an often devastating portrait of the times they lived through and to a large extent influenced. This took me longer to read than I had anticipated because I kept stalling on the parts on Stalin. He was such a horrible man and the depredations he instituted and/or condoned are appalling. An ex This is an ambitious book; a triple biography, and a history of WWII, as such it of necessity skims the surface, and yet Groom manages to give a very good picture of each man's life and character as well as an often devastating portrait of the times they lived through and to a large extent influenced. This took me longer to read than I had anticipated because I kept stalling on the parts on Stalin. He was such a horrible man and the depredations he instituted and/or condoned are appalling. An excellent book for the casual history reader. Popsugar Reading Challenge 2020: a book with a map

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    An excellent book, This to me is like a triple biography of the Big Three Allies that came together during World War II to defeat Germany and Japan. Each came from different backgrounds, and had some differences but put them aside to defeat Germany and Japan. Stalin was the only one who ruled the Soviet Union with an iron fist and had his opposition put to death or sent to gulags-labor camps and made an error to sign a treaty with Germany not to invade the Soviet Union, in which Hitler broke tha An excellent book, This to me is like a triple biography of the Big Three Allies that came together during World War II to defeat Germany and Japan. Each came from different backgrounds, and had some differences but put them aside to defeat Germany and Japan. Stalin was the only one who ruled the Soviet Union with an iron fist and had his opposition put to death or sent to gulags-labor camps and made an error to sign a treaty with Germany not to invade the Soviet Union, in which Hitler broke that treaty and sent German tanks into the Soviet Union in 1941. Despite the bombing of England in 1940, Winston Churchill held strong and never surrendered to the Nazi will. A fascinating book on the differences of their leadership and how they came together to win World War II.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    While I like Winston Groom and find him to be a very good historian this is a very weak book. It has basically an old documentary which has been told a million and one times. He offers a history of the 3 that tells us nothing. In fact there is very little discussion of the Second World War and the relationship between them. I would say that only the last third deals with their leadership during the war. If you know nothing about the war than read this. Otherwise read A Storm in Flanders to see w While I like Winston Groom and find him to be a very good historian this is a very weak book. It has basically an old documentary which has been told a million and one times. He offers a history of the 3 that tells us nothing. In fact there is very little discussion of the Second World War and the relationship between them. I would say that only the last third deals with their leadership during the war. If you know nothing about the war than read this. Otherwise read A Storm in Flanders to see what Groom can do.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David

    Okay, let's be fair: for me, this is a 2.49-star book, but for someone who doesn't really know much about Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin and WW II, this might be a 4-star book. It's mostly well-written and certainly is easy to read, if you don't mind a bit of skipping around in chronology when Brother Groom (we're members of the same fraternity) juggles goings-on in the Pacific war with Japan and then bounces back to the African/European war with Germany. I think the transitions could have bee Okay, let's be fair: for me, this is a 2.49-star book, but for someone who doesn't really know much about Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin and WW II, this might be a 4-star book. It's mostly well-written and certainly is easy to read, if you don't mind a bit of skipping around in chronology when Brother Groom (we're members of the same fraternity) juggles goings-on in the Pacific war with Japan and then bounces back to the African/European war with Germany. I think the transitions could have been smoother, but then this isn't a great work of careful scholarship -- it's popular history in a stylistic mold that Groom has used twice before (which he acknowledges in the back-of-the-book notes. You might want to read that first.) So, specific gripes: 1) a long, long bunch of biography of our three "heroes" before we get to the main event, their incarnation as "allies" (past the half-way point); 2) a variety of factual errors/editing errors (see my progress notes for a couple examples); 3) an over-abundance of bottom-of-the-page explanatory footnotes which seems like a cheap-and-easy method of correcting "issues" in the main text. The better way would have been to rewrite a sentence or paragraph, but one saves time and money and effort (but irritates this reviewer) by just sticking the information in a footnote. Seems like lots of not-really-good books use this same tool. The abominable Bill O'Reilly "Killing (everyone)" books are full of this sort of footnote; 4) very poor citations/notes on the provenance of information in the text. Sometimes he goes paragraphs without a note to a source. Other times he has a note on factual information that really is common knowledge but often has no notes to give the source of a direct quotation; 5) related to the scholarship comment, the book relies mainly on secondary sources and on Winston Churchill's memoirs. OK, it makes a good read, but doesn't add much (if anything) to knowledge. But that's not the sort of book this was intended to be, is it? Groom is a WRITER who writes lots of history, but he is not a HISTORIAN. And that's not a crime. So, yes, read this book if you must, but if you're serious, there's much more out there that's a better use of time. So the real question for ME becomes -- do I read Groom's "The Generals" -- the same sort of book? I already own it . . . but I think I won't read it . . . at least not now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)

    BOOK REVIEW 📚The Allies, Winston Groom . Groom's book, The Allies, is about the Alliance of Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, the three iconic political leaders in WW2. . Part of this book reads as a biography of Churchill focusing on his upbringing, education time in the British army, as a writer and war corresponder, his imprisonment and escape, etc. I found his life story quite interesting. . The next section of this book reads like a biography on Stalin, however, nuch of the documentation of Stali BOOK REVIEW 📚The Allies, Winston Groom . Groom's book, The Allies, is about the Alliance of Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, the three iconic political leaders in WW2. . Part of this book reads as a biography of Churchill focusing on his upbringing, education time in the British army, as a writer and war corresponder, his imprisonment and escape, etc. I found his life story quite interesting. . The next section of this book reads like a biography on Stalin, however, nuch of the documentation of Stalin's younger days are presented in contrast to Churchill's, demonstrating how different the two men were. Much of Stalin's history continues though a time of chaos and uncertainty in Russia. . Next, Groom presents Roosevelt's history, reading once again like a biography. We learn of Roosevelt's education, marriage, early work, his sudden illness and eventual diagnosis of polio, his involvement in politics, etc. with interesting insight into the relationship with his mother. . I liked how this book was set up focusing on the different leaders individually then merging and overlapping their histories as they became Allies in the war. It was an interesting book. Fans of WWII history should check this out! . Thank you @TLCbooktours for this copy in exchange for my review. #theallies #partner

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com

    For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom is a non-fiction book which recounts how Russia became and unlikely ally with the United States and England during World War II. Mr. Groom is a historian and novelist. History, to me, is fascinating not only because of the big picture, but also of the little stories which make up the headlines. We all heard about the For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom is a non-fiction book which recounts how Russia became and unlikely ally with the United States and England during World War II. Mr. Groom is a historian and novelist. History, to me, is fascinating not only because of the big picture, but also of the little stories which make up the headlines. We all heard about the three leaders mentioned in The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom, the author goes about telling the reader how, and why, they decided to become allies despite many differences. Russia did not have the same geopolitical goals, and was seen as the ideological enemy of the United States and England. Add to that Joseph Stalin, a suspicious and strong willed political adversary and one could consider this alliance a miracle. We have Winston Churchill who is a “doer”, Joseph Stalin – a survivor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt who has to referee between the two. The three leaders, strong willed and very suspicious of one another, still made this alliance work. The author doesn’t just write history, he tells a story by giving us a history of each leader and what made them. Afterwards, the reader gets to learn how these three great personalities managed to synergy and find common ground (hating Nazis was a big one). Even though this book is long and busy, I thought it was easy to read, entertaining, and well presented. I could easily follow the author’s logic to its conclusions and even learned a few new things.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    I was provided this copy for review. The book is wonderful at lending depth and motivations to the vastly different biographies of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. The intentions, talents, and faults accompanying each man's rise to power are given background that contextualizes the approach each takes in the challenges of WWII. It's an enjoyable insight as the reader can recognize the insecurities and ambitions from their own lives playing out in these larger-than-life heads of state—shortcoming I was provided this copy for review. The book is wonderful at lending depth and motivations to the vastly different biographies of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. The intentions, talents, and faults accompanying each man's rise to power are given background that contextualizes the approach each takes in the challenges of WWII. It's an enjoyable insight as the reader can recognize the insecurities and ambitions from their own lives playing out in these larger-than-life heads of state—shortcomings which are otherwise obscured by the legends of their accomplishments. In this way the follower of history can both relate to the leader as well as come to understand that these men were incredible in spite of their flaws, not because they were without them. The book's formatting suffers by attempting to track each ally's biography more or less simultaneously. Ancillary actors are casually referenced without a explanation, only to be given their relevant introduction a few pages (or even chapters) later. A small number of paragraphs essentially paraphrase their preceding information, which appears to be a copyediting error that will hopefully be caught in the next edition. But the writing is easy to read and engaging throughout. Overall an enjoyable insight into an important period through the people who guided us through it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joelle

    Joelle Reads Her Bookcase #24 I felt like Groom spent way too long on the biographies of the Big Three leading up too WWII, and then spent much of the rest of the book on Churchill. There was also a lot of naval and battle history, which to me didn't really speak to the alliance. The battles that came about in North Africa after the US entered the war were relative, but Guadalcanal - a strictly US Navy/Marine battle against the Japanese in the Pacific - did not require the same amount of focus. R Joelle Reads Her Bookcase #24 I felt like Groom spent way too long on the biographies of the Big Three leading up too WWII, and then spent much of the rest of the book on Churchill. There was also a lot of naval and battle history, which to me didn't really speak to the alliance. The battles that came about in North Africa after the US entered the war were relative, but Guadalcanal - a strictly US Navy/Marine battle against the Japanese in the Pacific - did not require the same amount of focus. Roosevelt was made to appear naive and inept; he is always contrasted with the depth of Churchill's wisdom. At times, one begins to think that even General Eisenhower (usually called "Ike") commanded more respect from the author! Stalin was at least done the justice of starting evil, and dying even more so. There was just such a noticeable bias throughout the book that it was hard to discover where the alliance was that Groom was purportedly going to write about.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Zavala

    I really appreciated the way this book was laid out. The book starts out describing each of the men's upbringings and childhoods. Then it goes on to describe how they came to power. Lastly, it describes how they came to become Allies. This book is perfect for someone who wants to get an in-depth knowledge of these three men, but don't want to read separate books. I love reading historical fiction about WWII and this book really added to my knowledge base. The author also used photos and fun footno I really appreciated the way this book was laid out. The book starts out describing each of the men's upbringings and childhoods. Then it goes on to describe how they came to power. Lastly, it describes how they came to become Allies. This book is perfect for someone who wants to get an in-depth knowledge of these three men, but don't want to read separate books. I love reading historical fiction about WWII and this book really added to my knowledge base. The author also used photos and fun footnotes that added to the book. It was clearly well researched and well written. I did not find The Allies to be too tedious, but it could be a slow read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    William H. Wardlaw

    Well done If you enjoy studying history this is one of his many good books. He brings historical characters to life. Even if you thought you knew almost everything about these three WWII leaders you will be finding facts new to you throughout your read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    The main narrative of this book is 445 pages. So it's not short, but not terribly long, either. And what does it cover? It's essentially a triple biography of the three men in the title and the whole of World War II. That's a lot of ground to cover in 445 pages. Considering that whole books have been written about specific battles alone, how does it hold up? Pretty well, actually. That's why it gains that extra fourth star. Covering the staggering amount of material in less than 500 pages could e The main narrative of this book is 445 pages. So it's not short, but not terribly long, either. And what does it cover? It's essentially a triple biography of the three men in the title and the whole of World War II. That's a lot of ground to cover in 445 pages. Considering that whole books have been written about specific battles alone, how does it hold up? Pretty well, actually. That's why it gains that extra fourth star. Covering the staggering amount of material in less than 500 pages could easily turn into a mess, but Winston Groom does an admirable job of keeping everything straight. The only real complaint that I had was that sometimes the narrative would travel back and forth to a few years forward or back at times. Basically, we've finished up one battle, but then we're off to a different place and time without much of a segue. There are plenty of facts and asides at the bottom of many pages, adding a bit of "did you know?" type of trivia appeal. The chapters have plenty of breaks, which is good on the one hand, but on the other, it's actually easier to keep track of things when you can read bigger chunks of the book in a sitting. There isn't a whole lot of getting down into detailed nitty-gritty type descriptions of battles, which works well for me, but people who like that kind of thing should be aware. How will you know if this book is for you? It's targeted squarely at general readers. Maybe for someone who remembers a bit of their high school history and has watched some of the more popular World War II movies. Someone who reads a lot of historical fiction for any part of this era would probably find this a worthy read as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Slowjammer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well-written... But lets now list all the problems with this book: - shockingly biased - loses itself in incredibly useless military minutiae that are irrelevant to the big picture - structure of the book confusing and infuriating with an ever shifting timeline which leads to cacophony of repetitions - some oversights are mind-boggling - no discussion of any input in the war effort from any non-us, non-uk or non-soviet player, no discussion of churchill direct responsibility in the famine of millions Well-written... But lets now list all the problems with this book: - shockingly biased - loses itself in incredibly useless military minutiae that are irrelevant to the big picture - structure of the book confusing and infuriating with an ever shifting timeline which leads to cacophony of repetitions - some oversights are mind-boggling - no discussion of any input in the war effort from any non-us, non-uk or non-soviet player, no discussion of churchill direct responsibility in the famine of millions in india during the war The author seems to think that we care more about FDRs marital affairs than the fate of the Jews and other minorities in the war... Basically it reads like a fifteen year old teenage girl writing about churchill in the hopes that he would come back to life and be her lover so she could instagram about it.... They say history is written by the winners, this is exhibit A - shameful, so disrespectful and overtly racist towards so many people, its unbelievable The title should be changed to: “Churchill Idolatry: How to twist facts and suspend critical judgement to whitewash History.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Braylea King

    In high school, I always viewed WWII as sort of a cliche topic. One of my professors referred to it as "the sexy war" because you had all these things like spies, Nazis, bombs, and other forms of international intrigue. Unfortunately, very few aspects of the war have really sparked my interest unless it had a sort of personal significance to me. Then, this book caught my eye in Wal Mart. I wanted to learn more about WWII in order to teach it better in the future, so I bought it and practically in In high school, I always viewed WWII as sort of a cliche topic. One of my professors referred to it as "the sexy war" because you had all these things like spies, Nazis, bombs, and other forms of international intrigue. Unfortunately, very few aspects of the war have really sparked my interest unless it had a sort of personal significance to me. Then, this book caught my eye in Wal Mart. I wanted to learn more about WWII in order to teach it better in the future, so I bought it and practically inhaled it. Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump) presents the "Big Three" in a sort of narrative style. Honestly, only half of the book is spent talking about WWII. Groom gives us a sort of "build up" to the war by introducing us to the men who would make up the Allies: Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin. The first half is a biography for these three men which later helps the reader understand the actions of these men from the highly ambitious Churchill to the scheming Stalin to level-headed FDR.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    This book gave great insight into the goals of each of The Allies who formed the strategies to win WW II. Roosevelt and Churchill were mostly concerned with their own nations and forging a peace that would live on. Stalin, on the other hand, was wanting to dominate the world in his own right. The book had insights into each individual background, which were vastly varied, and how that impacted their perspective of the war and what the world would look like after the war was over. Unfortunately, This book gave great insight into the goals of each of The Allies who formed the strategies to win WW II. Roosevelt and Churchill were mostly concerned with their own nations and forging a peace that would live on. Stalin, on the other hand, was wanting to dominate the world in his own right. The book had insights into each individual background, which were vastly varied, and how that impacted their perspective of the war and what the world would look like after the war was over. Unfortunately, Roosevelt did not live to see the end of WWII. Stalin also died quite young and left confusion in the Soviet Union. Churchill had more political battles and very little quiet retirement. However, I get the sense that he preferred it that way. I do recommend this book for those looking to learn more about these men who forged the world as we know it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Barber

    This book is a good overview of the three big allies that won World War II. Roosevelt,Churchill and Stalin led the countries that bore the brunt of the effort to defeat Hitler and Nazi Germany, Japan and Mussolini ‘s Italy. The author gives a brief biography of each leader and how they came to lead their respective countries. After the war began, at different times for each country, the author details their relationships in the effort to win the war. Different strategies, war aims and domestic p This book is a good overview of the three big allies that won World War II. Roosevelt,Churchill and Stalin led the countries that bore the brunt of the effort to defeat Hitler and Nazi Germany, Japan and Mussolini ‘s Italy. The author gives a brief biography of each leader and how they came to lead their respective countries. After the war began, at different times for each country, the author details their relationships in the effort to win the war. Different strategies, war aims and domestic pressures influenced each leader and his actions. One of the most interesting aspects of the relationship was the belief by Roosevelt that he could control Stalin and that he didn’t pose the grave threat that Churchill believed. The book is a good basic study of an important aspect of WWII.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Read Ng

    A captivating and well written presentation of events shaping three of the most important historic figures of World War II. Some many facts I did not know prior to picking up this book. I really did not know anything regarding Stalin. And details regarding both Churchill and Roosevelt fleshed out my limited knowledge and misunderstandings of all of these leaders. Many interesting details regarding events are spelled out. And I can more clearly see how WWII continued to set directions for the post A captivating and well written presentation of events shaping three of the most important historic figures of World War II. Some many facts I did not know prior to picking up this book. I really did not know anything regarding Stalin. And details regarding both Churchill and Roosevelt fleshed out my limited knowledge and misunderstandings of all of these leaders. Many interesting details regarding events are spelled out. And I can more clearly see how WWII continued to set directions for the post WWII world. I can see why "those that do not study history are doomed to repeat it." I would highly recommend this book to everyone. Have a GoodReads.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jim Stennett

    Really more like a 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 stars. First half to 2/3rds was 4 stars, but last few chapters really let me down - Maybe 2 stars. Really skims over the war years for some reason. I even have a few questions about some of his statements that I might try to verify later. I think he ran out of time because the first half was very detailed, but the last bit really needed another read through. Good summary biographies of title protagonists, but not something I’d use in a collegiate/postgrad biblio Really more like a 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 stars. First half to 2/3rds was 4 stars, but last few chapters really let me down - Maybe 2 stars. Really skims over the war years for some reason. I even have a few questions about some of his statements that I might try to verify later. I think he ran out of time because the first half was very detailed, but the last bit really needed another read through. Good summary biographies of title protagonists, but not something I’d use in a collegiate/postgrad bibliography. If a high schooler needed the basics, this is an excellent start, however. Shouldn’t have taken a week to read, but distractions - you know how it is.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Monical

    Terrific but ambitious history of Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, pretty much cradle to grave. I was especially intrigued by the description of Roosevelt's responses to the Great Depression and integration of the interactions between the three as World War II raged. Stalin certainly was an unlikely (and totally untrustworthy) bedfellow, but the author makes it clear without the active Russian front there was no path to victory for the Allies. The description of the war in Northern Africa was al Terrific but ambitious history of Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, pretty much cradle to grave. I was especially intrigued by the description of Roosevelt's responses to the Great Depression and integration of the interactions between the three as World War II raged. Stalin certainly was an unlikely (and totally untrustworthy) bedfellow, but the author makes it clear without the active Russian front there was no path to victory for the Allies. The description of the war in Northern Africa was also really good.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Waltersdorf

    Biographies of Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin. It includes their early lives, ascension into national politics, and their involvement in World War I, then covering World War II, concentrating on the leader's relations and decisions throughout the war. A solid overview of all of those subjects. Obviously, there are more detailed biographies of each men, and exhaustive World War II books covering the European, North African, and Pacific campaigns. But this account gives a Biographies of Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin. It includes their early lives, ascension into national politics, and their involvement in World War I, then covering World War II, concentrating on the leader's relations and decisions throughout the war. A solid overview of all of those subjects. Obviously, there are more detailed biographies of each men, and exhaustive World War II books covering the European, North African, and Pacific campaigns. But this account gives a nice narrative throughline of the three Allied leaders.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    My reading of the WWII saga by Herman Wouk led me to this book, when I realized I knew very little about Stalin. This book has helped fill in the blanks and has given me a broader perspective on both FDR and Churchill, as well. It is a readable, accessible study of the three leaders, with some biography, and the story of their actions - and meetings - in WWII. Although I need to learn much more, this book filled in some of the holes for me on who Stalin was and what role he played in WWII. Very My reading of the WWII saga by Herman Wouk led me to this book, when I realized I knew very little about Stalin. This book has helped fill in the blanks and has given me a broader perspective on both FDR and Churchill, as well. It is a readable, accessible study of the three leaders, with some biography, and the story of their actions - and meetings - in WWII. Although I need to learn much more, this book filled in some of the holes for me on who Stalin was and what role he played in WWII. Very useful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

    Very well written and covers some new ground in the relationships between these unlikely comrades. No one escapes critical analysis but Stalin clearly sinks to the bottom. Roosevelt comes across as gifted and politically savvy but naive about Stalin’s intentions. Churchill is presented as highly flawed but possessing the greatest insight geopolitically and psychologically into the character of his allies. It is essentially three biographies wrapped around each other.

  24. 5 out of 5

    This Guy

    Fitting the lives of three fascinating, complex and world changing men into less than 450 pages is not a simple task. Groom does a commendable job hitting all most of the highlights and providing a general sense of who these men were. It's a breezy and entertaining read for such a heavy subject. There are plenty of exhaustive biographies available for all three men as well as endless volumes written about the war. I appreciate Groom's attempt at something a bit different.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thelma Fountain

    I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This was an excellent read. I was concerned that I might get bored reading a book that was just history but those concerns were unfounded. The writer kept my interest with wonderful bits of information that I had never known before. This book is definitely a learning experience. I found the book enjoyable and informative. Anyone with an interest for WWll history should read this book. Highly recommend.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked the way Groom organized the account of the lives of these three world leaders. The author tells of the early life of each man in turn and then proceeds to the next stage of their lives as leaders against Hitler's Nazis, again taking each man in turn through the war years and the years following the war. Groom's thorough research brings these figures to life revealing their different personalities and the obstacles they faced leading their countries through a most dangerous time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Coyne

    I enjoyed the book being a history fan. The story of the upbringing, education, and early years of the 3 distinct leaders was very good. I was educated on how much each individual handled different crisis and how three different leaders were forced to work together for a common goal of defeating Nazism. The middle of the book dealt with different actions and campaigns relating to WW2 and how decisions were decided. Good book for a history buff

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charles Eddy

    History at it best Once of the best books showing how the big three grew to become leaders of there country at a time of war! Even though Stalin was evil he helped the allies win the war. I really believe that the divine intervention put people in the right place at the right time as with these three!! And to understand WWII even more the six volume set that Churchill wrote about the war is also excellent!!I

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brittney Farley

    The Allies is a great read for young adults who have an interest in history. Winston Groom does a great job telling the story of Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin, the Allied powers who come together to win World War II. This story accurately depicts the history behind this war and how the Allies won and defeated the Axis powers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    7$MartyQ

    An unlikely alliance and an unlikely result If one were totally ignorant of the reason for which World War II began, or the reasons it was fought, this book will lead you to the heart of the matter. Concise and driven by facts, it is an honest look at the very unlikely alliance that was forged and the way the world was politically shaped in the decades after the war was over.

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