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The untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference with Stalin, and of the fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II.

Tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance among Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin just as victory was close at hand. Catherine Grace Katz uncovers the dramatic story of the three young women who were chosen by their fathers to travel with them to Yalta, each bound by fierce family loyalty, political savvy, and intertwined romances that powerfully colored these crucial days. 

Kathleen Harriman was a champion skier, war correspondent, and daughter of US ambassador to the Soviet Union Averell Harriman. Sarah Churchill, an actress-turned-RAF officer, was devoted to her brilliant father, who depended on her astute political mind. Roosevelt’s only daughter, Anna, chosen instead of her mother, Eleanor, to accompany the president to Yalta, arrived there as keeper of her father’s most damaging secrets. 

Situated in the political maelstrom that marked the transition to a post war world, The Daughters of Yalta is a remarkable story of fathers and daughters whose relationships were tested and strengthened by the history they witnessed and the future they crafted together. 

©2020 Catherine Grace Katz (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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This is an interesting take on an almost forgotten summit meeting in Yalta near the end of WWII.

The book is well written and researched. I learned a few new items about the meeting in Yalta; but, I also learned something about each of these daughters of Churchill, Roosevelt and Harriman. It was great to obtain a view of each of these famous men through the eyes of their daughters. I read with the benefit of hindsight, therefore, felt Winston Churchill’s frustration even more as he tried to warn Roosevelt about Stalin’s pending power grab and what the fate of Poland and other boarder countries under USSR would be. But no one would listen to Churchill. If you are interested in this period of history, I highly recommend this book.

The book is fourteen hours and fifty-five minutes. Christine Rendel does a good job narrating the book. Rendel is a British voice-over artist and audiobook narrator.

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my review daughter's of yalta.

history I had never heard before, very good narrator. the yalta meeting from 3 different views.

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Vibrant, personal perspective on history

The author makes history come to life and illustrate the challenges and difficulties of this pivotal moment in history.

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A Fortunate recommendation

So insightful, every page. On a topic almost forgotten. I am fortunate this book was recommended to me.

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Beautifully written and narrated

I’ve read a lot about World War II and this book gave me fresh insight into intimate personal details about FDR, Churchill, and Harriman. Stalin is a mystery but I understand what they didn’t because I read Stalin, the Red Czar. That said I feel the daughters letters and additional documentation helped me to a better understanding of WWII.

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Excellent, moving book.

Excellent book about three daughters and their relationship with their famous fathers. Also the little recognized, albeit important, roles women played in World War II.

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Great!!!

What a amazing story so few people know about. I wonder if this is required reading in every woman’s college and all other high schools.
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Inside look at unknown history

Fabulous rendering of this important time. Reader is slow so we played it on 1.2 speed

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Excellent - Different perspective on events

A piece of history seen from a whole different point of view than is usually presented. Well researched using personal letters as well as official records.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in 20th century history.

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Recognizing the daughters of history

I loved listening to this well researched and well written story about the women, the daughters, who supported their great fathers with love and a depth of understanding. This was a story that needed to be told. Thank you, Catherine
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