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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (46 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Dallek Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a striking reinterpretation of the postwar years, Robert Dallek examines what drove the leaders of the most powerful and populous nations around the globe—Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Mao, de Gaulle, and Truman—to rely on traditional power politics despite the catastrophic violence their nations had endured. The decisions of these men, for better and often for worse, had profound consequences for decades to come, influencing relations and conflicts with China, Korea, in the Middle East, and around the globe.

The Lost Peace is a penetrating look at the misjudgments that caused enormous strife and suffering during this critical period, from the closing months of World War II through the early years of the Cold War. From Hitler’s killing program to Stalin's paranoia to Truman’s decision to build hydrogen bombs, the men who led the world at this time executed astonishingly unwise actions that propelled the nuclear arms race and extended the Cold War. Dallek has written a cautionary tale that considers what might have been done differently to avoid the difficulties that strong and weak nations around the globe encountered in the mid-twentieth century.

Provocative, illuminating, and based on a lifetime of research, The Lost Peace also offers extraordinary lessons for today’s leaders who may learn from the mistakes that were made between 1945 and 1953 and help them achieve an era of greater international cooperation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The story of what went wrong during the postwar period and what might have been if different decisions had been made has never been more intelligently explored. This seminal work deserves widespread attention.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “If Dallek proves anything (and he proves a great deal in this excellent book) it is how little room the “most talented and memorable government chiefs in modern history” had to act differently…Especially perceptive on domestic politics’ sway over foreign affairs.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “After WWII, the most destructive war in history, everyone yearned for a better world. Veteran historian Dallek delivers a shrewd analysis of why world leaders failed to deliver it…Perceptive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bound to provoke debate, Dallek’s tome should engage the readership for world politics.”

    Booklist

  • “A well-reasoned examination of the poor decisions made by post–World War II world leaders…A sage scholarly study.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin | 3/2/2013

    " It was pretty clear to me which side of center Mr. Dallek stands on, but he still managed to present the issues of the day in a fairly clear light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colin | 1/10/2013

    " Looks at the post-WWII era in a different light ---- perhaps Truman and the others got it completely wrong, establishing a national-security state that caused a long, deadly, costly cold war that is bleeding us dry still today? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colin | 1/12/2011

    " Looks at the post-WWII era in a different light ---- perhaps Truman and the others got it completely wrong, establishing a national-security state that caused a long, deadly, costly cold war that is bleeding us dry still today?
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