World War II: Behind Closed Doors

World War II: Behind Closed Doors
Pub date 12th September 2008
Publisher (UK) BBC Books (World)
Publisher (US) Pantheon
International publishers Larousse do Brasil (Brazil), Ciela (Bulgaria), Euromedia (Czech Republic), Ambo-Anthos (The Netherlands), Tanapaev (Estonia), Pecsi Direkt (Hungary), Schibsted (Norway), Prószyński (Poland), Publicações Dom Quixote (Portugal), Astrel (Russia), Ikar (Slovak Republic), Critica (Spain), ECEM Media (Ukraine)

When do you think the Second World War ended?

If the end of the war was supposed to have brought "freedom" to countries that suffered under Nazi occupation, then for millions it did not really end until the fall of Communism. In the summer of 1945 many of the countries in Eastern Europe simply swapped the rule of one tyrant, Adolf Hitler, for that of another: Joseph Stalin. Why this happened has remained one of the most troubling questions of the entire conflict, and is at the heart of Laurence Rees' dramatic book.

In World War II: Behind Closed Doors, Rees provides an intimate "behind the scenes" history of the West's dealings with Joseph Stalin - an account which uses material only available since the opening of archives in the East as well as new testimony from witnesses from the period. An enthralling mix of high politics and the often heart-rending personal experiences of those on the ground, it will make you rethink what you believe about World War II.


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Praise for World War II: Behind Closed Doors

'There are many surprises here... The relationship between Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill makes an ugly story, and Rees tells it extraordinarily well.' — Max Hastings, The Sunday Times

'…a thoughtful and thought-provoking introduction to many of the shadier deals of the Second World War…The real virtue of this book lies in its ability to blend the experience of ordinary people into the narrative of public events…memorable in the extreme' — Richard Overy, Literary Review

'Readers of this book… are in for a shock. At least the author, Laurence Rees, the award laden producer of documentaries on Auschwitz and the Nazis, intends us to be….This book illuminates many shady corners of Britain’s and America’s dealings with Stalin and each other. The famous trust between Churchill and Roosevelt is shown to be far from perfect.' — Peter Lewis, Daily Mail

'Rees commendably keeps his reader-viewers in touch with a history inexorably receding from living memory.' — Booklist


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