Three Days at the Brink CD: Fdr's Daring Gamble to Win World War II

Version: Unabridged
Author: Catherine Whitney , Bret Baier
Narrator: Bret Baier
Genres: History
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: October 2019
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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From the #1 bestselling author of Three Days in Moscow and anchor of Fox News Channel's Special Report with Bret Baier, a gripping history of the secret meeting that set the stage for victory in World War II--the now-forgotten 1943 Tehran Conference, where Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin plotted the war's endgame, including the D-Day invasion.

November 1943: World War II teetered in the balance. The Nazis controlled nearly all of the European continent. Japan dominated the Pacific. Allied successes at Sicily and Guadalcanal had gained modest ground but at an extraordinary cost. On the Eastern Front, the Soviets had already lost millions of lives.

That same month in Tehran, with the fate of the world in question, the "Big Three"--Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin--secretly met for the first time to chart a strategy for defeating Hitler. Over three days, this trio--strange bedfellows united by their mutual responsibility as heads of the Allied powers--made essential decisions that would direct the final years of the war and its aftermath. Meanwhile, looming over the covert meeting was the possible threat of a Nazi assassination plot nicknamed "Operation Long Jump," heightening the already dramatic stakes.

Before they left Tehran, the three leaders agreed to open a second front in the West, spearheaded by an invasion of France at Normandy the following June. They also discussed what might come after the war, including dividing Germany and establishing the United Nations--plans that laid the groundwork for the postwar world order and the Cold War.

Bret Baier's new epic history Three Days at the Brink centers on these crucial days in Tehran, the medieval Persian city on the edge of the desert. Baier makes clear the importance of Roosevelt, who stood apart as the sole leader of a democracy, recognizing him as the lead strategist for the globe's future--the one man who could ultimately allow or deny the others their place in history. With new details found in rarely seen transcripts, oral histories, and declassified State Department and presidential documents from the FDR Library, Baier illuminates the complex character of Roosevelt, revealing a man who grew into his role and accepted the greatest calling of the last century.

Weaving a fresh narrative of FDR's rise as a war president and his world-altering relationships with Churchill and Stalin during the decisive turning point in World War II, Baier has produced the biggest book yet in his acclaimed Three Days series.

Three Days at the Brink includes approximately twenty-five black-and-white illustrations.

Reviews (2)


Written by Corinne D. on July 5th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book gave insights into the character of the three protagonists at Teheran and Yalta which explained why and how they acted and what they were thinking. He filled in so many details especially about FDR, especially highlighting his personal charm and how effective with both the American people and foreign leaders. However, for all his charm and Churchill's charisma, they both had to travel thousands of miles to meet in places to minimize Stalin's travel. I It was well written and beautifully narated.


Written by Chris B. on December 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Not much written on this topic. Bret Baier does an excellent job. Both the writing and reading.

Author Details

Author Details

Whitney, Catherine

Catherine Whitney is the coauthor of Guilty and Eat Right 4 Your Type, both New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Piermont, New York.

Baier, Bret

Bret Baier is the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel and the Anchor and Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier, seen five days a week on Fox News Channel. Before assuming the anchor role, Bret served as Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel between 2006 and 2009. Prior to being named Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel, Bret served as National Security Correspondent based at the Pentagon, reporting on military and national security affairs, as well as on defense, military policy and the intelligence community from 2001 to 2006