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.
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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
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
Chapter 10 Food 169
Chapter 11 Champagne, Whisky and Brandy 184
Chapter 12 Cigars 206
Chapter 13 Rationing 218
Picture Credits 321
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!
I'd have dinner with Churchill without the champagne !!!!!!!