Catherine Grace Katz: Daughters of Yalta (A Wilmette Public Library Event)

We are delighted to support the Wilmette Public Library as they host Catherine Grace Katz , author of The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War.  Catherine's book is far and away our bestselling nonfiction book of the season, beloved by our booksellers as well as the national press. This Zoom event is free, but registration is required. Register HERE. 

About the Book: Even though victory was within reach, tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 endangered the wartime alliance between Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. Three daughters were chosen to accompany their fathers to Yalta; glamorous young women whose intelligence, loyalty and political savvy would serve them well. Catherine Grace Katz reveals the previously untold story of Kathleen Harriman, Sarah Churchill, and Anna Roosevelt, figures who became surrounded by the dramatic political tumult of the moment, each tested and strengthened by what they experienced during the last days of World War II.

"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

We have autographed copies available!

Copies of the book are also available at the library. Additionally, ebook and eaudiobook copies are available on Digital Library of Illinois and through the Libby app.

Take Part in a Book Discussion!

Wilmette librarians will be hosting two discussions of The Daughters of Yalta

Register for a discussion:
Tuesday, February 2, 7pm
Thursday, February 11, 11am

Event date: 

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
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The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans:  A Story of Love and War Cover Image
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 Chur