The Yalta Story: The Argonauts

On July 17, 1944 President Roosevelt wired Joseph Stalin: "Things are moving so fast and so successfully that I feel there should be a meeting between you and Mr. Churchill and me." This set off a six-month tizzy of top-secret cables, as the Big Three squabbled over a meeting place like a family bickering about where to spend the summer.

Roosevelt first suggested to Stalin that the "most central point for you and me would be the north of Scotland." Stalin scotched that idea with the reply, through Ambassador Averell Harriman, that he had suffered...

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