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  • Title: Churchill's Triumph: A Novel of Betrayal
  • Author: Michael Dobbs
  • ISBN: 9781402225802
  • Page: 301
  • Format: ebook

  • For eight days, beginning on Saturday, February 3, 1945, the most powerful men in the world Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at the Black Sea Resort of Yalta, where in the most momentous conference of the century, they preceded to divide up Europe This novel, told from Churchill s point of view, takes you behind the scenes and brings you into the minds and heartsFor eight days, beginning on Saturday, February 3, 1945, the most powerful men in the world Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at the Black Sea Resort of Yalta, where in the most momentous conference of the century, they preceded to divide up Europe This novel, told from Churchill s point of view, takes you behind the scenes and brings you into the minds and hearts of the big three leaders the dominating and seemingly all powerful Joseph Stalin, with the largest army, and the mission of expanding the Soviet Empire an ailing and fragile Roosevelt, willing to make whatever compromises he felt he had to in order to bring Stalin and Russia into the final campaign against Japan and Churchill, the least powerful of the three, but the most far sighted, who could not count on Roosevelt as his ally, and could not tame the avaricious Russian bear, determined to gobble up the nations around and beyond it Like a fly on the wall of history, the reader becomes a hidden witness to these monumental negotiations, witnessing negotiations that would betray the heroic struggle of millions who died and fought in the Great War Meanwhile, a Polish count who has taken on the persona of a deceased soldier appears in Churchill s suite to reveal one of the great unknown secrets of that time the Soviet s systematic execution of thousands of Polish officers at Katyn, the mass murder that the Russians eventually blamed on the Germans His courageous defiance of the German army s occupation of his village, and his village s fate at the hands of the victorious Russian army, serve as a profoundly moving subplot to the larger story Churchill s Triumph allows the reader to eavesdrop on theworld s most powerful men, as they lie, cheat, and deceive each other as they struggle to reach agreement and secure their places in history.All the historical aspects of the story are accurate, down to the last detail, including the spice Stalin put in his vodka A bestseller in England, Churchill s Triumph received widespread press coverage and reviews His portrait of Churchill is as masterly as ever a wonderful compound of bluster, sentimentality, grumpiness and indefatigable physical energy There are the usual elegant metaphors In the tragedy of Poland burning while statesmen fiddled, Dobbs has found a theme worthy of his powers Sunday Telegraph How do you delight the profit maximising big retailers while at the same time writing something dark and moving Michael Dobbs knows howDobbs knows his sources, but the dialogue is his own good, clean, moving briskly and underpinned by the record, it conveys historical truth As for Poland, it suffered all the horrors Dobbs writes about the country with tight passion, transferring to his fictional village, Piorun, the rape, murder and savage enforcement by Germans and Russians which, so far away and so little regarded, actually happened The old women weeping, the houses burned down, the bodies left promiscuously on the street are history set out for the attention of novel readers, memorable instruction in human grief Furiously told and compelling, Churchill s Triumph is a thinking man s bestseller The Guardian Dobbs astutely and dramatically portrays the real story of Yalta, the mighty tussle between the three men upon whose political skills and strength of character the rest of the world would depend The novel is a triumph because of the author s fine appreciation of history and his meticulous eye for detail The Times Michael Dobbs brings the Second World War to a resounding close Dobbs portrays Churchill as being all too human oversensitive and easily hurt by friendship betrayed, and conjures up Roosevelt s stricken response beautifully Dobbs is a fine writer and neatly sums up the appeal of historical novels Not only can they fill in the gaps left by an inaccurate, incomplete or contradictory factual record, but they can capture the spirit of the thing Dobbs has certainly done that here Daily Telegraph It s all too easy to forget that you re not reading an insider s account of ht real events that shaped the modern world Dobbs clearly has an instinctive feel for what makes powerful men tick The Mail on Sunday Although it s a novel rather than a work of non fiction, Churchill s Triumph brings into vivid focus that one wintry week in Georgia when Europe s fate was decided It s a compelling story, expertly told, and builds on the totally credible portrait of Britain s cantankerous but brilliant wartime leader Dobbs has drawn in his earlier novels Dobbs is one of the brightest and best mass market storytellers around The Scotsman A brilliant drama tracing the human side of the leaders who held the future of the world in their hands, showing the delusions, paranoia, compromises and betrayal which come with statesmanship in times of crisis Yorkshire Post The novel is also a reminder that war is about people and interwoven with the events at Yalta are tales of other individuals, from Polish refugees and starving Russian children to Churchill s own children and the German troops fleeing the advancing Red Army It s a moving story of human tragedy you won t want to put down Scottish Sunday Post The real Churchill brought to life Western Morning News Dobbs provides an absorbing account of the events that took place at Yalta The book vividly brings to life one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century Dobbs impeccably researched novel brings flesh to the bones of a highly significant historical event Glasgow Herald The drama and despair of this momentous meeting are captured perfectly and Dobbs shows rare talent for reading between the lines of official history Northern Echo Dobbs presents the historical facts with such skill and pace A rattling good yarn This is another winner Nottingham Evening Post The novel brings the passion of war to life Teesside Evening Gazette A huge success South Shields Gazette A considerable achievement in its own right, I ve rarely ever felt so involved and so moved by a historical novel Professor John Ramsden, Author of Churchill Man of the Century The beauty of the dialogue in the book is that you can imagine Churchill saying the words but the star of this book is Churchill s valet Mr Sawyers The interplay between the two is superb I thoroughly enjoyed it Iain Dale, 18 Doughty Street TV
    Michael Dobbs
    Michael Dobbs was born on the same day, in the same hour as Prince Charles in 1948.He is the son of nurseryman Eric and his wife Eileen Dobbs and was educated at Hertford Grammar School and Christ Church, Oxford University After graduating in 1971 he moved to the United States In the USA he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, which he funded by a job as feature writer for the Boston Globe, where he worked as an editorial assistant and political feature writer from 1971 to 1975.He graduated in 1975 with an M.A M.A.L.D and PhD in nuclear defence studies His doctoral thesis was published as SALT on the Dragon s Tail In 2007 he returned to Tufts where he gave the Alumni Salutation.After gaining his PhD he returned to England and began working in London for the Conservative Party He was an advisor to the then leader of the Opposition, Margaret Thatcher, from 1977 to 1979 and from 1979 to 1981 he was a Conservative MP speechwriter He served as a Government Special Advisor from 1981 to 1986 and he survived the Brighton Bombing in 1984 at the Conservative Party Conference He was the Conservative Party Chief of Staff from 1986 to 1987.He was considered a masterful political operator and was called Westminster s baby faced hit man , by The Guardian in 1987 In the John Major government, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1994 to 1995, after which he retired from politics.Outside of politics, he worked at Saatchi Saatchi as Deputy Advertising Chairman from 1983 to 1986 and was Director of Worldwide Corporate Communications at the company from 1987 to 1988 He became Deputy Chairman, working directly under Maurice Saatchi from 1988 to 1991 From 1991 to 1998 he was a columnist for The Mail on Sunday and also wrote column for the Daily Express From 1998 to 2001 he hosted the current affairs program Despatch Box on BBC television and has also been a radio presenter.Nowadays he is best known as the bestselling author of 17 novels up to 2010 , such as The Turning Point , about Winston Churchill and Guy Burgess, and A Family Affair , about the last days of Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, and also a number of non fiction works His writing career began in 1989 with the publication of House of Cards , the first in what would become a trilogy of political thrillers with Francis Urquhart as the central character House of Cards was followed by To Play the King in 1992 and The Final Cut in 1994 Each of the three novels was adapted by the BBC into a miniseries and, with Ian Richardson playiing a starring role, the trilogy received a combined 14 BAFTA nominations and two BAFTA wins and was voted the 84th Best British Show in History.His 2004 novel Winston s War was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year Award He was the winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for best historical novel in 2008 and in 2001 was shortlisted for the C4 Political Novel of the Year He has also been a judge of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and lectures at dozens of literary and fundraising events each year Anthony Howard of The Times said Dobbs is following in a respectable tradition Shakespeare, Walter Scott, even Tolstoy, all used historical events as the framework for their writings And, unlike some of their distinguished works, Dobbs s novel is, in fact, astonishingly historically accurate He is now a full time writer and divides his time between London and Wiltshire, where he says that he lives near a church and a pub He is married with four children.Gerry WolstenholmeOctober 2010He is sometimes confused with American author Michael Dobbs, who is a distant relative of his and also an author of historical books e.g Saboteurs The Nazi Raid on America.


    Commentaires:

    Supratim
    The name of the author had attracted my attention at first. House of Cards is based on Michael Dobb’s books. I verified that this Michael Dobbs is indeed the creator of the “House of Cards” and started the book with very high expectations. The story starts on a ship cruise in the Mediterranean in the early 1960s. Winston Churchill is a guest in the ship and has a mysterious visitor – a man from the distant past who feels betrayed by Churchill.Then we travel back in time to February, 1945 [...]

    J.J. Overton
    As usual with Michael Dobbs’ books about Winston Churchill, his portrayal of the man in Churchill’s Triumph is superb. His perception of the other major allied leaders, the American, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Russian, Joseph Stalin are convincing. Drawn against the background of Yalta, in the Crimea, the story describes the events and probable background details influencing the three leaders, who had gathered between February 4th to 11th 1945 to discuss the re-organisation of Europe afte [...]

    Robyn Smith
    An interesting idea, but Dobbs' enthusiasm for Churchill may cloud his judgement a little. However, his portrayal of Stalin as an uncouth, uneducated bully and thug seems painfully redolent of Putin and his aggressive stance on the Ukraine.Overall, an easy read, but there's still something a bit unsatisfying about it.

    Andrew
    A very interesting book that brought this excellent series on Churchill to an end. It covers the week long Yalta Conference which outlined the creation of the United Nations, what post war Europe was to look like and how Russia was going to be brought into the war against Japan (and the cost of this). This certainly set the tone for the European scene over the next 40 - 50 years and more.Throughout proceedings Stalin seemed to have the upper hand, including the Conference taking place in Crimea! [...]

    Daniel
    I stole this text, completely verbatim, from the dance/arts wall at Concordia College. I love the fact that (a) this guy has an English/Dance double major and I absolutely love the fact that (b) this guy let us know about a pun within his text before he even began to lay the groundwork within the text as to why it is, in fact, a pun.This bio that I've stolen is worth reading several times over, as well as once more moreover. Trust me.I had never been, not once, interested in arts until college. [...]

    Pati Caceres
    How do you decide the destiny of millions of people you're supposed to be protecting? The people you have been fighting for, the ones "your people" have died defending? Well, come to Yalta and see how the three big men get about to business:We have an American old man, dreaming of building a better world -without using bricks.Then we have a British colonialist, dreaming of giving freedom to people -but not to all people.And finally we have a Russian beast, who is gonna do whatever he wants with [...]

    Trina
    This book covered so many areas of interest for me. I have always been interested in Churchill, and my father was Polish. Just to add to the interest, I currently have a Ukrainian staying with me. A novel based on well researched facts always gives such a deep feel to history. My favourite image was of the Polish Home Army emerging from the woods, all wearing old uniforms from different countries. My mother has a wonderful photo of my father in a Russian winter uniform (all white for the snow) t [...]

    Betty Prosser
    A masterful portrait of Winston Churchill during a pivotal moment in history. Dobbs captures the meeting in Yalta of three of the most powerful men in the world: a ruthless Joseph Stalin, an exhausted Franklin Roosevelt and an antagonistic Churchill. The fate of post-war Europe was to be decided. Eight days of the important conference confides "insider" information into the three personalities. Churchill emerges in a new light and the impact of the story makes a lasting impression on the reader. [...]

    Ian
    A quick, but full read. The semi-fictionalised account of Yalta, where the "Big Three" met to decide the fate of Europe and the world after WW2. Stalin is depicted as an amoral, duplicitous tyrant, bent on controlling Europe. Rooselvelt as a tired and dying president, almost unaware of what was going on around him, and willing to give way to Stalin. While Churchill is shown to be the one moral man present, who desires a better post-war world, but is powerless to prevent the tragedy that would un [...]

    Betsy Wiens
    This is a novel although written by someone who had great insite into Churchill and the event it covers. It really helped that I had already read a nonfiction book about Churchill (Franklin and Winston) so I knew the background of their relationship. This story took a much deeper look at the summit with Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill at Yalta. It was well written, and I enjoyed the witty dialogue. Most likely not all wood agree with his depiction of the events

    Lanita
    I'm having a hard time rating this book. Maybe a 3.5? It took me a while to get into, but once I did I found it very interesting. I don't know enough about history (or the author) to know how close this story is to the real thing. There was some language in it. But all things considered, it taught me a lot as it gave a bird's eye view of the Yalta conference & the different peronalities of Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin. It would make a good book club book.

    Stefan
    A fast historical fiction read that is informing, entertaining, and not the least bit demanding. I enjoyed the passionate characterization of Churchill, and also the less frequent but well done exploration of FDR and Stalin. Some small fictional situations added more depth and tone to the story, which made it even better. I also found the dialogue to be solidly and wittingly constructed. One of the best fast historical reads that I have read lately.

    Sarah
    22/2 - Once again I found the information about not only Churchill, but also Stalin and Roosevelt fascinating. The apparent senility of Roosevelt, the manipulation and inhumanity of Stalin. I had no idea how brutal and merciless Stalin and his army were, it’s almost a toss-up as to who was worse – Hitler or Stalin. Michael Dobbs makes the politics behind wars (a subject I thought I would find boring) an engaging, riveting subject.

    Sam
    I had read biorgraphies of FDR and Churchill and, for the most part, the representation of each in this book was believable. And given the circumstances and timing of the Yalta conference, it is logical that Stalin could have dominated the proceedings. So I guess the basic premise(s) make sense but the writing lacks the quality of the best I have read in historical fiction. I really like Leon Uris, just as an example to show what my taste is.

    WilliamShep
    Stirring account of Winston Churchill's efforts to keep an increasingly feeble yet foolishly optimistic Franklin Roosevelt from betraying him, and the Allied cause, to the brutal and rapacious dictator, Josef Stalin, at the Yalta Conference of February 1945. Unfortunately, Roosevelt resembles Chamberlain dealing with Hitler in 1938 more so than Wilson at the Versailles Conference of 1919.

    John Yiannoudis
    I love the writers not afraid to play the role of God: dissolve humans and then reconstruct them! To me this is exactly what Dobbs is doing here. Intervenes in one of the important historical events of all eras and breaks people and situations in bits and bytes. Then he re-assembles piece by piece characters, passions and strategies. Well done!!

    Barry Nabbs
    The last in the series and while not as strong as the third book, it pieces together the events ending WW2 very well. It is also ironic that while Roosevelt is one of my favourite Presidents, in this novel he is shown as desperate and at times unlikeable in his quest for a legacy. As stated before, I still love this series and it always leaves me wanting to learn more about Churchill.

    Mary Beth
    Wonderful book, wonderful series. I felt like I was the fly on the wall the entire time. Roosevelt was ailing, but seemed more interested in the hereafter, rather than the here-and-now. Stalin really put one over on him. Churchill tried so hard, but was left out in the cold. He alone, knew what was coming and it wasn't good.

    Bradley
    Fast read. Presents the British view that FDR sold out eastern Europe (not to mention the British Empire) at Yalta. The novel is entertaining and Churchill's character is full of life and very sympathetic. Stalin is inscrutable; Roosevelt sick and frail. Good read, overall from the man who brought us everyone's favorite cynical, fictional politician, Francis Urquhart.

    Mathilde
    story of the 7 days of the Yalta conference. Horrific consequences of the talks Roosevelt was mostly dead and obsessive about the UN, Stalin wanted all he could get his grubby hands on, by fair means or foul, Churchill obsessed about saving Poland Excellent.

    me
    This book in the series is frightfully plodding and lacking in plot, although character development is quite good. Pales in comparison to the first two, especially Never Surrender. I plan to finish the series with the third book. Hopefully, it will be better.

    Su Cho
    It was funny, intriguing, informative and moving, and at the same time with some parts terribly twisted in nature (not content).It was a wonderful book with good parts of fiction intended to conjure emotional responses and make it less boring than a normal history book.

    Chris Howells
    A very interesting read. Did we truly win the war and was the result a good one? What happened to the Polish nation, which is the reason that the war started in the first place, was truly despicable.

    Cathy
    Interesting perspective on Yalta. Also an exploration of the power of words and what it means to give your word!

    Joshua
    The epilogue contains a tremendous articulation of statesmanship and the complexities of decision making.

    Christina
    Good read

    salinthebay
    Churchill fans will love this one. Dobbs holds true to the facts while spinning a yarn about the BIG Three at Yalta.

    Louise Charles
    It was okay but I wouldn't call it a novel, a history book with some (little) fiction.

    Vikas Datta
    A creditable account of how the Western Allies squandered every advantage at Yalta

    Helene Slowik
    Politics rules - even ahead of family. Intriguing story of the three key leaders at the end of WWII and the agreements they made to gain peace and reshape the world.

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