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Author Perlmutter, Amos.

Title FDR & Stalin : a not so grand alliance, 1943-1945 / Amos Perlmutter.

Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [1993]


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 UniM Bail  940.532 PERL    DUE 03-11-19
Physical description xiv, 331 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-313) and index.
Summary Acknowledged as the leader of the free world after World War Il, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is one of the most significant and compelling figures of the twentieth century. Yet no previous book has dealt critically with his foreign policy during the crucial years between 1943 and 1945. In this penetrating study, Amos Perlmutter exposes the myth of New Deal war diplomacy, showing the devastating results of FDR's not-so-grand alliance with Joseph Stalin, one of the most ruthless political leaders of the modern world. Perlmutter assesses FDR's war strategy and his postwar vision, as well as his diplomatic style in dealing with both Stalin and Churchill. FDR failed to take political advantage of the enormous U.S. economic, military, and atomic superiority. In three key areas of the Grand Alliance dispute - the Second Front, Poland, and the division of Germany - FDR clearly colluded with Stalin against the larger vision of Churchill. By failing to use the Lend-Lease program as a bargaining chip, FDR "surrendered" Eastern Europe to Stalin even before Stalin had begun his long-planned Soviet expansion into the East. A passionate, optimistic, and popular leader, FDR nevertheless failed to see the long-range goals of Stalin. He maintained an idealistic vision of a postwar world presided over by a partnership of two emerging powers, the United States and the Soviet Union. Perlmutter shows how FDR's blind pursuit of that vision and the concessions he made to realize it resulted not in partnership, but in the legacy of the Cold War. Based on extensive reevaluation of domestic sources and his study of key Foreign Ministry documents in the former Soviet Union, Perlmutter sheds new light on therelationship of FDR and Stalin. Several fascinating appendixes reproduce material from the recently declassified Soviet archives relating to this crucial period in American foreign policy. FDR & Stalin is a provocative, much-needed reassessment of Roosevelt's role in the re-shaping of international relations after World War II.
Subject Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Other title FDR and Stalin.
ISBN 0826209106