Catherine Grace Katz: Daughters of Yalta (A University Club Event)

Catherine Grace Katz discusses her acclaimed new nonfiction title, The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War via a virtual event beaming to your computer or cellphone from The University Club of Chicago. This is a ticketed event, and tickets can be purchased HERE.

About the Book: Tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance among Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin just as victory was close at hand. Catherine Grace Katz uncovers the dramatic story of the three young women who were chosen by their fathers to travel with them to Yalta, each bound by fierce family loyalty, political savvy, and intertwined romances that powerfully colored these crucial days.

Kathleen Harriman was a champion skier, war correspondent, and daughter of U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Averell Harriman. Sarah Churchill, an actress-turned-RAF officer, was devoted to her brilliant father, who depended on her astute political mind. Roosevelt's only daughter, Anna, chosen instead of her mother Eleanor to accompany the president to Yalta, arrived there as keeper of her father's most damaging secrets. Situated in the political maelstrom that marked the transition to a post- war world, The Daughters of Yalta is a remarkable story of fathers and daughters whose relationships were tested and strengthened by the history they witnessed and the future they crafted together.

"Skillfully written and meticulously researched, it's an extraordinary work that reveals the human side underlying the politics . . . The Daughters of Yalta is a thoroughly engrossing book, as acute about the contentious politics of the day as it is about the remarkable daughters who participated." -- Wall Street Journal

"[In] Catherine Grace Katz's detailed behind-the-scenes account . . . she skillfully marshals diaries, letters, oral histories and memoirs to support her thesis that the pressures of wartime had warped normal familial bonds, so that the Western leaders' relationships with their daughters had become more like those between business partners than between parent and child. Loyalty and discretion were prized above all . . . Light on political drama, this entertaining history is nevertheless packed with vivid personalities, jockeying aides and insider observations about a pivotal moment in history." -- New York Times Book Review

"A stirring account of one momentous week that would unleash fifty years of tyranny for half of Europe and plunge the world into the Cold War, as seen through the eyes of three young women. Catherine Grace Katz's debut book, The Daughters of Yalta, is a marvelous and extraordinary work that reveals the human experience of the conference, with all its tragedy, love, betrayal, and even humor. She defines the relationships that shaped our world, and continue to shape our future." -- Julian Fellowes, Oscar-winning writer and creator of Downton Abbey

"Catherine Grace Katz paints a vivid portrait of one of history's great international summits through the eyes of three young women, each a daughter of a key participant. We get the inside story, and learn the compelling details that bring history to life." -- Erik Larson, author of The Splendid and the Vile

About the Author: Catherine Grace Katz is a writer and historian from Chicago.Much of this book was written in the University Club's library! She holds degrees in history from Harvard and Cambridge and is currently pursuing her JD at Harvard Law School.

Event date: 

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
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ISBN: 9780358117858
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 29th, 2020

The untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, and of the conference’s fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II.
Tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance among Franklin Roosevelt, Winston