Dinner With Churchill: Policy Making at the Dinner Table
An eloquent narrative of the great man's dinner-table diplomacy, this sumptuous volume is 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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Survival, p. 213 56. Pawle, p. 344 57. Colville, The Fringes of Power, p. 639 58. Reported by Elizabeth Olson, “Churchill’s Lifelong Romance With a Feisty Former Colony,” The New York Times, 7 February 2004 59. Cohen, Supreme Command, p. 118 *Close to £7,000 in today’s money. CHAPTER 2 Meeting off Newfoundland August 1941 “It is fun to be in the same century with you.”1 President Roosevelt to Prime Minister Churchill When Churchill became Prime Minister in May 1940, he
end respond positively to Churchill’s detailed description of plans for Operation Torch by saying: “May God prosper this undertaking.”27 On his way home, Churchill was happy to discover that the picnic basket that the Kremlin had packed for the flight was full of caviar and champagne. This more than made up for the ruckus on the flight into Moscow when Churchill demanded mustard for the ham sandwiches prepared for the flight by the British in Teheran. None was found and Churchill declared “… no
1936. Shy and suffering a stammer, he soon overcame initial doubts about Churchill’s suitability when he became Prime Minister in 1940. Churchill reacted to the news of the King’s death in 1952 with the solemn response: “Bad news? The worst!” Alexander Golovanov Soviet Marshal of Aviation, 1943, and the following year, Chief Marshal of Aviation. P.J. Grigg British public servant and friend of Churchill. He was Private Secretary to Churchill when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer,
world-class scientific research institution. He was Churchill’s personal assistant during the Second World War and Paymaster-General from 1942 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1953. A keen pianist and tennis player. His vegetarianism, teetotallism and abstention from tobacco made him an unlikely favourite of Churchill, who nonetheless admired his mental dexterity and love of argument. Created Lord Cherwell in 1941 and died in 1957. John Jestyn Llewellin Conservative politician. After working in
troops as well as the British public, Churchill had tea with Royal Air Force pilots and with army gunners. At another picnic, during a campaign tour, he was accompanied by his daughter, Sarah. Still others, later in life, were jolly affairs including large numbers of friends and associates. Churchill had his own idiosyncratic picnic customs: some snippets of verse were to be recited only at picnics, and there was singing while “drinking old Indian Army toasts” at the end of every picnic.53