Dinner with Churchill by Cita Stelzer audiobook

Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table

By Cita Stelzer
Read by Davina Porter

Blackstone Publishing 9781605984018
5.28 Hours Unabridged
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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 an intimate setting in which to glean gossip and diplomatic insights and to argue for the many policies he espoused over a long life. In this riveting, informative, and 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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Summary

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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 an intimate setting in which to glean gossip and diplomatic insights and to argue for the many policies he espoused over a long life.

In this riveting, informative, and 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A delicious tribute to Churchill’s heroic appetite for wining, dining, and politicking.” Ben Macintyre, New York Times bestselling author
“To Churchill, meals weren’t just a matter of getting something to eat. They were social occasions which he used to cement alliances and sway opponents.” Wall Street Journal
“These meals, and even white-linen picnics for generals in France after D-Day, are chronicled in Dinner with Churchill.” New York Times
“Entertaining…The former prime minister considered meals to be an opportunity for diplomacy and political gamesmanship. He used those moments to charm and, at times, disarm friends and foes, and viewed each moment as a way of accomplishing goals that might not be realized through traditional means. Narrated by Davina Porter, the book is charming and provides insight into Churchill through a new lens…Porter clearly enjoys the material, conveying it with the same alacrity that Churchill likely felt when eating.” AudioFile
“An enjoyable and original look at the often overlooked ‘table top diplomacy’ of Sir Winston Churchill…Stelzer leads the reader on a grand tour of some of the finest hotels, restaurants, estates, and political conferences with some of the most notable figures of World War II. Narrator Davina Porter does a superb job with the accents and in conveying emotion. Strongly recommended for those interested in Churchill, food, or history.” Library Journal (audio review)
“An amusing, informative look at Winston Churchill’s ample dinner diplomacy…An enjoyable work that nicely rounds out our already-full portrait of the great leader.” Kirkus Reviews

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 5.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English