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Hot Dogs and Cocktails

When FDR Met King George VI At Hyde Park On Hudson

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Between 9th and 12th June 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were the guests of Roosevelt at his country estate in Hyde Park, New York State, during what was the first ever visit by a reigning British monarch to the United States. Coming at a time when Britain desperately needed American help in the conflict that now seemed inevitable, the meeting was front page news on both sides of the Atlantic and imbued with huge political significance. In his new book Peter Conradi - who has already introduced us to the gentle, shy figure of George VI in his number-one bestseller The King's Speech - recreates the backdrop to the royal visit, analysing the political background and the media's reaction, and telling the back stories both of the King and of Roosevelt, whose colourful personal life became entwined with the visit.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 23, 2013 – The first official visit of a British monarch to the United States since colonial times was a widely publicized event. Apart from improving the relationship between the two powers, the short stay of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Hyde Park-on-Hudson in June 1939 had significant political impact: it set the stage for a partnership between the two countries during WWII. Conradi (coauthor of The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy) eloquently lays out the setting for the event and concisely and thoroughly establishes the backgrounds of the individuals and countries involved. The media also play a notable role in gauging America's reaction to royalty, represented well by the question asked in the weeks leading up to the visit "would the King and Queen be served hot dogs during the picnic that their hosts planned to hold for them?" Conradi even details the logistics of travel as well as the event's disasters including F.D.R.'s toast to the Queen's health and its successes both the King and Queen asked for second hot dogs. It's an amusing read with substance, revealing how important seemingly trivial diplomatic overtures can be in determining the course of history. 16 page b&w photo insert.
Hot Dogs and Cocktails
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 23, 2013
  • Publisher: Alma Books
  • Seller: Alma Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 300 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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