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'
'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'
'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
'Both intimate and sweeping ... vividly captures a little known
story against the backdrop of a very big one. Meticulously
researched and emotionally gripping.'
'Yet more proof that behind every great man is an army of
exceptional women. We need their stories told; so three cheers for
'Making superb use of unpublished diaries and letters, Katz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
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