"This is a delightful and innovative book. Never before has any book on U.S. foreign relations provided such insightful character sketches. Scholars have long pondered why the best and the brightest went wrong, and now Costigliola offers an explanation: superpower tensions involved more than just misperceptions, divergent ideologies, and grand strategic differences. Personal rivalries, efforts to be in FDR's good graces, parties, and sex of all sort really had a bearing on diplomacy. Costigliola has written a novel masterpiece."--Thomas W. Zeiler, University of Colorado at Boulder
"Costigliola pulls back the veil on the personal lives of the major figures of World War II. With great verve and captivating anecdotes, he shows how personal politics helped forge and disrupt international alliances. Roosevelt's Lost Alliances combines innovative research, provocative interpretations, and page-turning prose, providing a fresh take on how gender, emotion, class, and culture shaped the high politics of World War II and the Cold War."--Emily S. Rosenberg, University of California, Irvine
"In this imaginative examination of the personal dynamics of the Big Three alliance during World War II, Frank Costigliola brings an important new and intriguing perspective to the origins of the Cold War."--Ronald Steel, author of Walter Lippmann and the American Century
"This is a terrific book. Fluidly written, cogently argued, and supported by superb research, it addresses a fundamental yet underexamined dimension of both the World War II Grand Alliance and the origins of the Cold War: the personalities as well as the personal relations of Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt."--Richard H. Immerman, Temple University
"Costigliola has written an important and compelling book. His character portrayals of the three great wartime leaders are among the most incisive that have ever been written. He shows how critical Roosevelt was to the functioning of the alliance and how central his demise was to the origins of the Cold War. Roosevelt's Lost Alliances is a fantastically well researched, wonderfully evocative, stimulating, and significant book."--Melvyn P. Leffler, University of Virginia
"A fascinating new history of a past we thought we knew very well already. Roosevelt's Lost Alliances represents a major intervention in the scholarship on World War II and the origins of the Cold War."--Tim Borstelmann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
I think it should be a must read for any one wondering how the Cold War evolved.
Costigliola achieves this remarkable feat by mining newly accessible archival materials and probing older interpretations.
One can admit that Stalin was responsible for such and such crimes, but Stalinism remains innocent.
A great view of the people, personalities, fears, ideology and prejudges that brought us the Cold War. Some fresh points of viewPublished 7 months ago by Eve Luppert
Frank Costigliola is a true historian. Yet, it was not a dry and dull history book, but a very readable and fresh perspective on the beginning of the Cold War. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carol Duncan
I'm giving this book a 3 because that's the neutral position. I do so because I've skimmed this book only. I may read this book in full, but probably not. Read morePublished 23 months ago by demarion
We are the middle of a wave of books which attempt to rehabilitate Stalinism and the Soviet Union under Stalin. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Mark bennett
On May 31, 1967, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., among the most eminent American historians of his generation, author of quintessential American Cold War document, The Vital Center,... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Michael Holzman
Matteo's earlier review appears to be right on the mark. I only read a few pages and it is clear Mr Constigliola has no understanding of Stalinism. Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by Tom
I received it recently. I have only glanced at it but as a "cold warrior" who knows something about the U.S.S.R. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by rh
Is this book a cruel joke? It was important for Roosevelt to gain Stalin's respect? Why would you want the respect of a mass murderer? Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Matteo Colon