W Averell Harriman quotes

There's a myth that Roosevelt gave Stalin Eastern Europe. I was with Roosevelt every day at Yalta.
This was the period when I used all the influence I had to get the British to abandon their export… (read more)
We became convinced that, regardless of Stalin's awful brutality and his reign of terror, he was a great war leader.… (read more)
We both agreed that Stalin was determined to hold out against the Germans. He told us he'd never let them… (read more)
Americans wanted to settle all our difficulties with Russia and then go to the movies and drink Coke.


The biggest trade that Germany and Britain had was with each other, in the prewar period; I think I'm right… (read more)
The Russians obtained a number of plants under Lend-Lease, which had been authorized by Washington, that I thought were not… (read more)
The Russians often took advantage of Lend-Lease.
The war changed everybody's attitude. We became international almost overnight.
Poland, of course, was the key country. I remember Stalin telling me that the plains of Poland were the invasion… (read more)
Roosevelt was determined to stop Stalin from taking over Eastern Europe. He thought they finally had an agreement on Poland.… (read more)
Roosevelt was the one who had the vision to change our policy from isolationism to world leadership. That was a… (read more)
I think there are telegrams that may or may not be available, which indicated that I very much had in… (read more)
I was quite ready to accept certain restrictions on the United States. After all, there was a great dollar shortage.… (read more)
It never occurred to me that we would have as grandiose a program as the Marshall Plan, but I felt… (read more)
It was fear. He didn't want to see a united Germany. Stalin made it clear to me - I spoke… (read more)
Much of the aid we first gave to Russia we took away from what we promised Britain. So in a… (read more)
How could you justify giving Holland twice the amount of money that you gave Belgium? Well, finally, I put it… (read more)