Winston Groom, the writer and Vietnam War veteran best known for his best-selling novel Forest Gump and his Civil War histories, has just published The Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance that Won World War II (National Geographic, 464 pp., $30).
That unholy marriage of convenience between the Americans and British and the Soviets against their common enemy, Nazi Germany, certainly changed the course of the war and all-but sealed Hitler’s fate. And it is a well-known one, which Groom tells well for a general audience.
He also includes biographical info on the three larger-than-life leaders in this readable tome that Publishers Weekly called “excellent history.”
Groom did a tour of duty as a lieutenant in the Vietnam War in 1966-67 with the Fourth Infantry Division.