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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529398519

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‘Delivered with flamboyance, it features a sparkling cast of chancers’ KATJA HOYER, Daily Telegraph 5* review

‘Page-turning . . . a sizzling high-stakes tale’ JAMES HOLLAND

‘This book might read like the screenplay of a gripping movie, yet every word is accurate and verified’ ANDREW ROBERTS

‘Giles Milton is a phenomenon’ DAN SNOW

‘Another rollercoaster ride from Giles Milton. Endlessly surprising’ ANTHONY HOROWITZ

From internationally bestselling historian Giles Milton comes the remarkable true story of the Allies’ secret mission to wartime Moscow.

In the summer of 1941, as Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, Stalin’s forces faced a catastrophic defeat which would make the Allies’ liberation of Europe virtually impossible. To avert this disaster, Britain and America mobilized an elite team of remarkable diplomats with the mission of keeping the Red Army in the war.

Into to the heart of Stalin’s Moscow Roosevelt sent Averell Harriman, the fourth richest man in America and his brilliant young daughter Kathy. Churchill dispatched the reckless but brilliant bon vivant Archie Clark Kerr – and occasionally himself – to negotiate with the Kremlin’s wiliest operators. Together, this improbable group grappled with the ingenious, mercurial Stalin to make victory possible. But they also discovered that the Soviet dictator had a terrifying masterplan for the post-war world.

Based on astonishing unpublished diaries, letters and secret reports, The Stalin Affair reveals troves of new material about the most unlikely coalition in history.

*Giles Milton’s The Stalin Affair was a Radio 4 Book of the Week in the week of 17th June 2024.*


Giles Milton is a fine historian but also a born story-teller. This is a superb recreation of an astonishing and unlikely wartime alliance, vividly brought to life in this page-turning book. Political machinations, clashes of culture, deception and deviousness, as well as friendships forged, and a fabulous cast of extraordinary characters combine in a sizzling high-stakes tale of wartime diplomacy that takes the reader from London to Moscow and beyond. Fabulous.
James Holland
Delivered with flamboyance, it features a sparkling cast of chancers, charmers, egotists and eccentrics with a ringside seat to world events . . . Milton effortlessly moves between high politics and the private world of those who shaped them
Katja Hoyer, Daily Telegraph 5* review
A scintillating study of international diplomacy amid the horrors of war, enlivened by human detail . . . There is a good reason why Milton's books get dramatized for TV and radio: they are page turners
Iain MacGregor, The Spectator
A thoroughly enjoyable, well researched and delightfully gossipy narrative of one of the most extraordinary diplomatic stories of the Second World War
Conor O'Clery, Irish Times
Based on a genuinely new archival source . . . The world [of Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt] has been vividly and memorably brought to life in Giles Milton's compellingly readable account. It is a worthy addition to any history enthusiast's bookshelf
Roger Moorhouse, BBC History Magazine
Compelling narrative history
Radio Times
Giles Milton has mined new information to portray a convincing account of the relationship between the Second World War's "Big Three". This book might read like the screenplay of a gripping movie, yet every word is accurate and verified
Andrew Roberts
Giles Milton is a phenomenon. He is masterful as he weaves grand strategy together with individual stories, in all their colour and eccentricity. The result is a rich narrative that leaps from the microscopic to the universal and back again
Dan Snow
Giles Milton has done it again - a wartime tale of intrigue, risk and cunning involving not only three giants of twentieth century history, but a maverick British diplomat, a dashing American millionaire and his irrepressible daughter. It's a gripping tale that sheds light on one of the second world war's enduring riddles: how did Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin bury their differences and remain allies long enough to defeat Hitler?
Jonathan Freedland
Another rollercoaster ride from Giles Milton. Endlessly surprising.
Anthony Horowitz