Dinner with Churchill
Policy-Making at the Dinner Table
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This engaging biography invites readers to dinner with Winston Churchill and his political guests in the years surrounding WWII.
A friend once said of Winston Churchill: “He is a man of simple tastes; he is quite easily satisfied with the best of everything.” But for Churchill, dinners were about more than good food, excellent champagnes, and Havana cigars. “Everything” included the opportunity to use the table both as a stage on which to display his brilliant conversational talents and as an intimate setting in which to glean gossip and diplomatic insights and to argue for the many policies he espoused over his long political career.
In this riveting, informative, and entertaining account, Cita Stelzer draws on previously untapped material, diaries of guests, and a wide variety of other sources to tell of some of the key dinners at which Churchill presided before, during, and after World War II.
An “acutely revealing” and eloquent look at one of Great Britain’s most impactful prime ministers, Dinner with Churchill offers delicious new insights into the food, cocktails, and conversations that shaped history (The Times Literary Supplement).
“A delightful and fascinating book in which we are reminded that an evening dinner with Churchill must have been one of the most memorable and enjoyable occasions one could have hoped for.” —Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War
“A delightful and delicious tribute to Churchill’s heroic appetite for wining, dining and politicking.” —Ben Macintyre, author of Operation Mincemeat
“Acutely revealing.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“What a wonderful repast Cita Stelzer has served us. History as it was consumed: Roosevelt sipping, Churchill quaffing—the best (and not so good) cuts and the great vintages are all on the table. Another bottle, please!” —William Shawcross, author of Justice and the Enemy
A freelance journalist and a Research Associate at the Hudson Institution, Cita Stelzer previously worked for John Lindsay, Mayor of New York, and Governor Hugh Carey. She is currently a Reader at Churchill College, Cambridge, and a member of the Board of the Churchill Centre and Trustee of Wigmore Hall.
From Publishers Weekly
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