1st ed., 1986. Xxvii + 977 pp., maps + photo-plates. D.j.; fore-edge uncut; 24 x 16cm. Insc., Nr.FINE. Based on a meticulous reading of voluminous primary sources and amplified by his personal knowledge of his grandfather’s conduct of the war, the author’s riveting account draws a more complex and subtle portrait than we have seen before and also revises established portraits of the other wartime leaders. This book reconsiders such presumably settled issues as the Teheran Conference, the Allied decision to invade France, the Market-Garden disaster, the loss of Warsaw, Berlin and Prague, the Yalta Conference and, above all, the Soviet rule in the defeat of Germany and the Allied response to it. By showing the decisive impact of Soviet strength not only on the outcome of war but on the strategic thinking of the Western leaders, this book will profoundly recast perceptions of the Second World War and its consequences.