Dinner With Churchill: Policy Making at the Dinner Table

Dinner With Churchill: Policy Making at the Dinner Table

by Cita Stelzer


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An eloquent narrative of the great man's dinner-table diplomacy, this sumptuous volumeis an intellectual treat for all admirers of Churchill.

A friend once said of Churchill “He is a man of simple tastes; he is quite easily satisfied with the best of everything.”

But dinners for Churchill were about more than good food, excellent champagnes, and Havana cigars. “Everything” included the opportunity to use the dinner table both as a stage on which to display his brilliant conversational talents and to argue for the many policies he espoused over a long life.

In this entertaining book, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605985299
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/11/2013
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 737,513
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stelzer received a BA degree from Barnard College with a major in history,
worked in educational publishing, and has been a stringer for the Financial Times.
She founded a public relations firm in New York City and served as special aide to Mayor John Lindsay and to Governor Hugh Carey before joining an economic consulting firm specializing in regulatory policy.

She is an Advisor to the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College,
Cambridge, a member of the Board of Advisers of the International Churchill
Society, and a former Trustee of Wigmore Hall. Her first book, Dinner with Churchill:
Policy-Making at the Dinner Table, was published in 2011.

Table of Contents

Introduction Andrew Roberts xi

Prologue 1

Section 1

Chapter 1 The Importance of Dinners 15

Chapter 2 Meeting off Newfoundland August 1941 41

Chapter 3 Christmas in the White House December 1941-January 1942 58

Chapter 4 Dinners in Moscow August 1942 85

Chapter 5 Adana January 1943 95

Chapter 6 Teheran November 1943 100

Chapter 7 Yalta February 1945 114

Chapter 8 Meeting at Potsdam July 1945 133

Chapter 9 From Fulton to Bermuda: The Limits of Dinner-table Diplomacy 155

Section 2

Chapter 10 Food 169

Chapter 11 Champagne, Whisky and Brandy 184

Chapter 12 Cigars 206

Chapter 13 Rationing 218

Epilogue 235

Coda 243

Diners 249

Endnotes 287

Bibliography 309

Picture Credits 321

Acknowledgements 327

Index 331

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A extremely entertaining book full of anecdotes covering the details of Churchill's endeavors to influence the political leaders of World War II  over expansive dinners  for which he personally selected the menus Churchill truly believed that he was most persuasive while wining and dining important guests.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never considered the food and beverage angle in all that Churchill accomplished in his lifetime. Even though I am somewhat well read on Churchill. I didn't realize until I read this book that in every book that I have read on Churchill that either in the background or on a side table nearby was a great amount of food and drink of at least superior quality to create an access point for a prescribed accomplishment in Winston Churchill's planning. What a man! What a book!
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Alvira-Joan More than 1 year ago
I'd have dinner with Churchill without the champagne !!!!!!!