“The only hope for the world is the agreement of the Great Powers,” Winston Churchill wrote to Anthony Eden as they were about to leave for the Yalta Conference in the Crimea in February 1945. “If they quarrel, our children are undone.” In retrospect, the world might have been a better place if there had been a quarrel at Yalta, a chance to establish positions properly before Stalin imposed the Cold War on the West and used the conference to lie to Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt about his plans for Eastern Europe. With over a million Red Army troops occupying Poland, Churchill and Roosevelt couldn’t have done much, but they could have laid down some markers for the future.

Although Stalin did not bring any of his children along to Yalta, a surprising number of the other participants did, including Churchill, whose aide-de-camp was his beautiful 30-year-old actress daughter, Sarah Oliver. There was also the 27-year-old Kathy Harriman, daughter of the U.S. ambassador to the USSR Averell Harriman, and Anna Roosevelt Boettiger, FDR’s 38-year-old eldest child and only daughter. Even Lavrentiy Beria, chief of the Soviet secret service, the NKVD, brought along his son, Sergo. This well-researched, well-written, and evocative book tells the story of the conference through the eyes of Sarah, Kathy, and Anna, with extensive use

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