When Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met in Yalta in February
1945, Hitler's armies were on the run, and victory was imminent.
The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace--but
instead they set the stage for a forty-four year division of Europe
into Soviet and Western spheres of influence. After fighting side
by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was
beginning to fracture. Although the most dramatic Cold War
confrontations such as the Berlin airlift were still to come, a new
struggle for global hegemony had got underway by August 1945 when
Truman used the atomic bomb against Hiroshima. "Six Months in 1945"
brilliantly captures this momentous historical turning point while
illuminating the aims and personalities of larger-than-life