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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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"I could not put this extraordinary book down. Three Days at the Brink is a masterpiece: elegantly written, brilliantly conceived, and impeccably researched. This book not only sparkles but is destined to be a classic!” —Jay Winik, bestselling author

From the #1 bestselling author and award-winning anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier, comes the gripping lost history of the Tehran Conference, where FDR, Churchill, and Stalin plotted D-Day and the Second World War’s endgame. With the fate of World War II in doubt and rumors of a Nazi assassination plot swirling, Franklin Roosevelt risked everything at a clandestine meeting that would change the course of history.

November 1943: The Nazis and their Axis allies controlled nearly the entire European continent. Japan dominated the Pacific. Allied successes at Sicily and Guadalcanal had gained them modest ground but at an extraordinary cost. On the Eastern Front, the Soviet Red Army had been bled white. The path of history walked a knife’s edge.

That same month a daring gambit was hatched that would alter everything. The "Big Three"—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—secretly met for the first time to chart a strategy for defeating Adolf Hitler. Over three days in Tehran, Iran, 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, code-named Operation Long Jump.

Before they left Tehran, the three leaders agreed to open a second front in the West, spearheaded by Operation Overload and the D-Day 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.

Bestselling author and Fox News Channel anchor 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 discovered in rarely seen transcripts, oral histories, and declassified State Department and presidential documents from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Baier illuminates the complex character of Roosevelt, revealing a man who grew into his role and accepted the greatest challenge any American president since Lincoln had faced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062905680
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Series: Three Days Series
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 465
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(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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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 25 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 9 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 22 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.”