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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 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.
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