Cambridge historian and BBC TV presenter Professor David Reynolds reveals some of the secrets of Stalin’s wartime correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt, drawing on new material from the Russian archives on which he has worked with Moscow colleague Professor Vladimir Pechatnov. The Kremlin Letters illuminate the Big Three in novel ways – especially Stalin’s growing skill as a diplomatist and Churchill’s remarkable blind spot about the Soviet dictator – and challenge us in the era of Facebook and Twitter to think about the essential art of communicating across cultures.
David Reynolds is Professor of International History at Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is author of eleven books, including In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War (Wolfson Prize) and The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century (Hessell-Tiltman Prize). Many of his BBC TV documentaries are now available on Netflix, including “Long Shadow” and his trilogy on the Big Three leaders in the Second World War – “1941 and the Man of Steel,” “1942 and Hitler’s Soft Underbelly” and “1945 and the Wheelchair President.”