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The Daughters of Yalta


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Catherine Katz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2013, where she studied history and economics. In 2014, Catherine received an M.Phil in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge in the UK, where she wrote her dissertation on the origins of modern counterintelligence practices and their implications on the debate surrounding the right to privacy. She is an Adjunct Fellow of the American Security Project and serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Alumni Association.


'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

'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 ... A marvellous and extraordinary work that reveals the human experience of the conference, with all its tragedy, love, betrayal, and even humour'
Julian Fellowes

'A revelation. It's a story of World War II, the origins of the Cold War, a key moment in diplomatic history, but above all a coming-of-age tale about three fascinating women in an extraordinary time.'
Jeffrey Toobin

'Both intimate and sweeping ... vividly captures a little known story against the backdrop of a very big one. Meticulously researched and emotionally gripping.'
Amy Pascal

'Yet more proof that behind every great man is an army of exceptional women. We need their stories told; so three cheers for Catherine Katz'
Amanda Foreman

'Making superb use of unpublished diaries and letters, Katz demonstrates how illness, clandestine romance and fraying political relationships ran alongside the tortured negotiations that would shape the post-conflict world ... The women's keyhole perspective of these momentous negotiations humanises the Yalta summit as never before, shedding new insight on the minute-by-minute tensions of international diplomacy at a time when the future of millions depended on the outcome'

'This entertaining history is packed with vivid personalities, jockeying aides and insider observations about a pivotal moment in history'
New York Times Book Review

'The research is impressive ... It is a riveting read and the detail is fascinating ... Oh, to have been a fly on the wall'
Anne de Courcy, Daily Telegraph

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