Three Days at the Brink: FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II

Three Days at the Brink: FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II

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From the #1 bestselling author of Three Days in Moscow and anchor of Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier, a gripping history of the secret meeting that set the stage for victory in World War II—the now-forgotten 1943 Tehran Conference, where Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin plotted the war's endgame, including the D-Day invasion.

November 1943: World War II teetered in the balance. The Nazis controlled nearly all of the European continent. Japan dominated the Pacific. Allied successes at Sicily and Guadalcanal had gained modest ground but at an extraordinary cost. On the Eastern Front, the Soviets had already lost millions of lives.

That same month in Tehran, with the fate of the world in question, the "Big Three"—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—secretly met for the first time to chart a strategy for defeating Hitler. Over three days, this trio—strange bedfellows united by their mutual responsibility as heads of the Allied powers—made essential decisions that would direct the final years of the war and its aftermath. Meanwhile, looming over the covert meeting was the possible threat of a Nazi assassination plot nicknamed "Operation Long Jump," heightening the already dramatic stakes.

Before they left Tehran, the three leaders agreed to open a second front in the West, spearheaded by an invasion of France at Normandy the following June. They also discussed what might come after the war, including dividing Germany and establishing the United Nations—plans that laid the groundwork for the postwar world order and the Cold War.

Bret Baier’s new epic history Three Days at the Brink centers on these crucial days in Tehran, the medieval Persian city on the edge of the desert. Baier makes clear the importance of Roosevelt, who stood apart as the sole leader of a democracy, recognizing him as the lead strategist for the globe’s future—the one man who could ultimately allow or deny the others their place in history. With new details found in rarely seen transcripts, oral histories, and declassified State Department and presidential documents from the FDR Library, Baier illuminates the complex character of Roosevelt, revealing a man who grew into his role and accepted the greatest calling of the last century.

Weaving a fresh narrative of FDR’s rise as a war president and his world-altering relationships with Churchill and Stalin during the decisive turning point in World War II, Baier has produced the biggest book yet in his acclaimed Three Days series.

Three Days at the Brink includes approximately twenty-five black-and-white illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062905734
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Series: Three Days Series
Sales rank: 147,415
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bret Baier is the chief political anchor for Fox News Channel and the anchor and executive editor of Special Report with Bret Baier, seen five days a week on Fox News Channel. Before assuming the anchor role, Bret served as Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel between 2006 and 2009. Prior to being named Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel, Bret served as National Security Correspondent based at the Pentagon, reporting on military and national security affairs, as well as on defense, military policy and the intelligence community from 2001 to 2006. He reported from Iraq twelve times and Afghanistan thirteen times. In his career Bret has traveled the world with various administration dignitaries and military officials, reporting from seventy-four countries. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission, and Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.

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Catherine Whitney has written or collaborated on more than twenty-five books, including Framing a Life: A Family Memoir with Geraldine Ferraro and Guilty: The Collapse of Criminal Justice with the late Judge Harold J. Rothwax.

Bret Baier is the chief political anchor for Fox News Channel and the anchor and executive editor of Special Report with Bret Baier, seen five days a week on Fox News Channel. Before assuming the anchor role, Bret served as Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel between 2006 and 2009. Prior to being named Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel, Bret served as National Security Correspondent based at the Pentagon, reporting on military and national security affairs, as well as on defense, military policy and the intelligence community from 2001 to 2006. He reported from Iraq twelve times and Afghanistan thirteen times. In his career Bret has traveled the world with various administration dignitaries and military officials, reporting from seventy-four countries. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission, and Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.

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Three Days at the Brink: FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
NScottJtx 26 days ago
Bret Baier nails it again with a gripping account of little-known historical events that shaped our world as it is today. Three Days at the Brink is a must-read for those who love World War II history. Little known facts, well-researched anecdotes and events of the era make this tome hard to put down. Researchers, history lovers and non-fiction readers will delight in its pages. Told in a unique way that only a leading hard news journalist can, Baier brings to light insights on these critical “three days” that, if they had taken a different turn, would have significantly changed modern world history. All Baier’s “Three Days” series of books have been some of the most insightful, well-written and researched books I have read on some of my favorite historical topics. Three Days at the Brink again, delivers. I highly recommend.
DPAULFENTON 10 days ago
interesting prospective and well written. I believe however Stalingrad gave Uncle Joe a freeway pass to Berlin. And of course divided the Germans to fight on two fronts. I think uncle Joe was a smart phycho maniac killer. worst kind but he had a ability to listen and chose his battles. i believe i would have included Doolittle's raid as a turning point in front of midway. It woke up the world to American resolve.
Rachelle Friberg 23 days ago
As a lover of all things history and current events, Bret Baier’s latest book, Three Days on the Brink is captivating in so many ways. New insights, new details on a major juncture of the Second World War. Who knew a torpedo episode nearly sank a ship carrying FDR and his Generals? I didn’t. This is just an example of things I learned from this excellent book. Definitely a “must-read.”