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Drawing on new archival material and many interviews, Victor Sebestyen analyzes several major postwar decisions as he discusses the economic collapse, starvation, ethnic cleansing, and displacement that followed World War II.

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In 1946, Victor Sebestyen creates a taut, panoramic narrative and takes us to meetings that changed the world: to Berlin in July 1945, when Truman tells Stalin that we have successfully tested the bomb; to Ye'nan, China, in January 1946, when General George Marshall tells the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong that Americans won't send troops to China, assuring that the Communists will attain power; to Delhi, India, in April 1946, when U.K. cabinet members tell Pandit Nehur and Mahatma Gandhi that the British will leave India within a few months, ending two centuries of British imperialism.

Drawing on new archival material and many interviews, Sebestyen analyzes these major postwar decisions and others as he discusses the economic collapse, starvation, ethnic cleansing, and displacement that followed the war. This was the year when it was decided that there would be a Jewish homeland, when Europe would be split by the Iron Curtain, when independent India would become the world's biggest democracy, and when the Chinese communists would win a civil war that positioned them to become a great power.

"An exceptionally involving and horrifying book…grindingly awful detail." ---The Spectator

"An uncommonly clear bird's-eye view of a post-war world of rivalry, hardship, and chaos." ---The Daily Mail

"1946 is a gripping and authoritative work spanning the world: an excellent, elegant and exciting panoramic portrait of the dark world emerging from WWII." ---Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

1946

The Making of the Modern World

Author Victor Sebestyen

Narrated by Derek Perkins

Publication date Nov 10, 2015

Running time 13 hrs

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