Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: January 2013
Duration: 5 hours 19 minutes
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.
“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)