Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership

Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership

Susan Butler / Aug 23, 2019

Roosevelt and Stalin Portrait of a Partnership 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 Correspond

  • Title: Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership
  • Author: Susan Butler
  • ISBN: 9780307594853
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 History owes a debt to Susan Butler for the collection and annotation of these exchanges Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.MakingA 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 History owes a debt to Susan Butler for the collection and annotation of these exchanges Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.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 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.Roosevelt and Stalin tells of the first face to face meetings of the two leaders over four days in December 1943 at Tehran, in which the Allies focused on the next phases of the war against the Axis Powers in Europe and Asia of Stalin s agreement to launch another major offensive on the Eastern Front and of his agreement to declare war against Japan following the Allied victory over Germany Butler writes of the weeklong meeting at Yalta in February of 1945, two months before Roosevelt s death, where the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany was agreed on and postwar Europe was reorganized, and where Stalin agreed to participate in Roosevelt s vision of the United Nations.The book makes clear that Roosevelt worked hard to win Stalin over, pursuing the Russian leader, always holding out the promise that Roosevelt s own ideas were the best bet for the future peace and security of Russia however, Stalin was not at all sure that Roosevelt s concept of a world organization, even with police powers, would be enough to keep Germany from starting a third world war, but we see how Stalin s view of Roosevelt evolved, how he began to see FDR as the key to a peaceful world Butler s book is the first to show how FDR pushed Stalin to reinstate religion in the Soviet Union, which he did in 1943 how J Edgar Hoover derailed the U.S planned establishment of an OSS intelligence mission in Moscow and a Soviet counterpart in America before the 1944 election and that Roosevelt had wanted to involve Stalin in the testing of the atomic bomb at Alamogardo, New Mexico.We see how Roosevelt s death deeply affected Stalin Averell Harriman, American ambassador to the Soviet Union, reported that the Russian premier was disturbed than I had ever seen him, and said to Harriman, President Roosevelt has died but his cause must live on We shall support President Truman with all our forces and all our will And the author explores how Churchill s and Truman s mutual mistrust and provocation of Stalin resulted in the Cold War.A fascinating, revelatory portrait of this crucial, world changing partnership.

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    1. I have taken absolute ages to read this book. It's nearly 600 pages and mine is some pre-publication copy that slows down the simple act of turning the pages (makes flicking through the pages impossible). However, it doesn't fully explain why it has taken so long.The first 200 pages read like a thriller: it's an excellent start to the important subject of meetings between Roosevelt and Stalin. And Tehran (1943) was their first face-to-face meeting. There are good descriptions, good explanation o [...]


    2. Butler does a yeoman's job of having gathered together all the Roosevelt-Stalin correspondence, then, here, putting it together in a coherent framework.I learned a few things from the book, and it was somewhat worth the read. But not totally.Beyond some facts, and a bit of framing, my biggest other learning was perhaps that Butler has a high naivete level and can engage in simplistic analysis.Yes, Churchill may have been a racist. But, what about FDR's race-based stereotyping comments about the [...]


    3. This book details the diplomacy between FDR and Stalin. From the beginning when FDR recognized the communist government in 1933 till his death in April,1945, he had extensive dealings with Stalin. When the war broke out FDR worked to aid Russia through lend-lease despite public and congressional dislike of communism. Then during the war, FDR worked on such issues as the second front, the formation of a world organization after the war and the Polish question. FDR felt that he could work with Sta [...]


    4. This book is a story of how Roosevelt and Stalin, both leaders of two vastly different countries, tried to create a better postwar world. This portrayed the difficulties, issues, and all of the relationship building that needed to happen to create a more peaceful world. The argument going into the book was that if it wasn't due to Churchill's and Truman's meddling and distrust of the USSR, the framework that was set up wold have lastedFrom reading this book, I think that no amount of FDR charm c [...]


    5. Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a PartnershipBy Susan ButlerReviewed by Greg CusackAugust 27, 2015One of the foundational myths of the far Right’s worldview is that the Cold War was a direct result of how an overly trusting president Franklin Roosevelt was thoroughly “taken in” by the Soviet Union’s Marshal Stalin, falsely believing that they had reached an “understanding” for a peaceful postwar world. One fateful consequence of Roosevelt’s delusion, this false narrative continue [...]


    6. Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it. Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them. - George Santayana.The relationship of the US and Russia is much in the news today. Many of us grew up during the Cold War, most of us have lived during the time of the United Nations (UN). So, you, as did I, learn [...]


    7. Academic Susan Butler’s Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership is dense, covering a lot of historical background on how the Allies worked together and prevailed in WWII, the groundwork laid for the United Nations, and the origins of the Cold War and how it possibly could have been avoided had FDR lived another year or longer. But it’s also a compelling read – I often had trouble putting it down and often found myself wanting to quickly pick it back up to find out what came next.Th [...]




    8. Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership is a disappointing examination of the actions between the two most powerful men in the 20th Century.Butler's work is well-written, well-researched, and is a thorough examination of the actions of Roosevelt and Stalin throughout their active adult lives. Unfortunately, the book is slightly misleading as the portrait (over 600 pages!) is a examination of the two's actions that is largely separate and where they end up coinciding.The most arguably dis [...]


    9. Glowing review of Roosevelt and Stalin; Churchill, not so much. I've always read that in small groups Stalin was a pretty nice guy. Roosevelt, the consummate politician, known and respected by just about all the rest of the world; the author is a bit effusive in her praise. Another reviewer calls her "naive." I don't think that's it, she did the book on Roosevelt/Stalin letters, but it sums it up.Lots of details that were new to me. Reads well. Recommended, understanding there is some bias.


    10. Excellent book! Covering from 1943 to the end of WWII, the author emphasizes Roosevelt's desire to bring Stalin and the USSR into the community of nations, and his strong desire since 1939 to create the United Nations. Different take on history than we were taught in school. It makes you wonder how different the world may have been had Roosevelt not died when he did. Strongly recommend.


    11. What a powerful book- though I only gave it a 4 star because sometimes the author got bogged down in details that slowed the book down. I had always thought that Roosevelt and Churchill saw eye to eye when instead they did not. Roosevelt really was the consummate politician indeed. Not sure if Stalin deserved the whitewash he gets in this book but certainly he deserves a re evaluation .



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