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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Butler Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781490662275
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A hugely important book that solely and fully explores for the first time the complex partnership during World War II between FDR and Stalin, by the editor of My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin.

Making use of previously classified materials from the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History, and the Archive of the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation, as well as the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and three hundred hot war messages between Roosevelt and Stalin, Butler tells the story of how the leader of the capitalist world and the leader of the Communist world became more than allies of convenience during World War II. Butler reassess in-depth how the two men became partners, how they shared the same outlook for the postwar world, and how they formed an uneasy but deep friendship, shaping the world’s political stage from the war to the decades leading up to and into the new century.

A fascinating, revelatory portrait of this crucial, world-changing partnership.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A solid, comprehensive account of Soviet-American relations during World War II.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Fascinating.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Franklin Roosevelt’s relationship with Joseph Stalin has been well plumbed by historians, but Butler brings intimacy and texture to the topic…few will deny the pleasure her book provides.”

    Foreign Affairs

  • “More exciting than a million calls to order…Susan Butler is the perfect historian to explore the connections between the two men.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “An ambitious new portrait of the partnership that saved the world from Nazi tyranny…A powerful book, and an irresistible read.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Throughout her excellent book, Butler shows how the leaders of the capitalist and communist worlds had not a grudging marriage of convenience but a willing friendship, one founded on and motivated by a shared vision: to defeat Hitler and create a lasting postwar peace…The result is a rewarding read about a meeting of disparate minds.”

    Star Tribune

  • “Butler effectively demonstrates that there was no greater mediator and champion of peace than Roosevelt, whose sudden death in the final months WWII robbed the world of perhaps the man who could have averted the Cold War.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Absorbing, provocative…likely to energize considerable debate.”


  • “Comprehensive…meticulous…striking…A thorough account of the alliance between two very different leaders.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “George Guidall’s voice—slightly gravelly, well aged, cultured but genial—is immediately likable, and he brings intelligence and expressiveness to his narration of this intensely detailed, sometimes revisionist, history of Russo-American relations in WWII.”


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About the Author

Susan Butler, whose mother was a member of Amelia Earhart’s flying organization, the Ninety-Nines, is a journalist with an MA degree from Columbia University whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Barron’s, among other publications. She spent ten years writing East to the Dawn, which was her first book. She lives in Lake Wales, Florida.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.