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Politicians, especially leaders like Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, often seem to live at an Olympian-level, far above day-to-day concerns as they direct great matters of state. But the art of diplomacy on the biggest of issues often depends to a surprising degree on small gestures and quiet, personal connections. Cita Stelzer opens the door to a little-explored aspect of how Churchill used the simple act of dining to achieve political aims. Working to bring the U.S. into the war against Germany, forging an Allied strategy towards the invasion of Europe, and confronting the Soviet Union's post-War ambitions includes, it turns out, careful attention to both maps and menus; to military movements and seating charts. Ms. Stelzer demonstrates that Churchill used all the tools in his arsenal (and all the dinner selections at his disposal) to forge policy and to advance his art of persuasion. We know that Churchill was a great statesman; this portrait demonstrates, as well, that he was a man with whom it would have been delightful to share a meal.
Stelzer had a great idea -- and one that surely marketed well. But the execution of this book was disappointing. The chapters follow a banal formula: brief historical context; arduous travel plans; menu; caveat that Churchill was not a drunk; the Russian send caviar and we are told that Churchill was brilliant (with no examples of his brilliance).
This is an interesting (and important, at least to Churchill) angle on a part of Winston's life.He was the consummate politician, schemer, persuader, and host and he loved to have dinner where he could usually monopolize the conversation and fill the seats with interesting people who might contribute to the conversation and provide an interesting time for all as well as good food and an abundance of drink and cigars or e book if full of menus, which are of great interest, as well as photographs of the haunts of Churchill in London and many other photographs as he ate his way through three continents and three United States presidents, and, for the most part, enjoyed every bite and sip of is an entertaining book. You don't have to worry about grand strategies, beat off the revisionist historians hostile to WSC or contend with the many who still admire this icon of the 20th century. It is a nice, quick, read.
Of any person that has lived in the 20th century no other person has been written and studied more than Winston Spencer Churchill. Between Churchill's wide oeuvre of writing as well as his speeches and quotations, one can quite easily see why many people consider Churchill to be the man of the 20th century. Most of Winston's accomplishments occurred in the 20th century but in essence the way to prominence of Churchill represents that deep down inside he was a British Victorian who lived under the auspices of the chivalry of a gentleman of the 19th century. Cita Stelzer has brought forward a new way of looking at the life of this extraordinary man. The old saying of "You are what you eat" can be applied to the sighting in on the lifestyle and intentions of Churchill as done by Stelzer. The author not only goes into detail of Churchill's palate's likes and dislikes, he shows the art form of high entertainment with men and women of eclectic cultures. Stelzer shows to us how Churchill used the art and persuasion of fine dining in using his powers to exercise his politics and influence the world for the better. The author shows to us that Churchill put much effort in not only the state dinners he attended, but also the influences he brought forward on daily lunches and even picnics in the open air with his military leaders in Europe and Africa. This introspective study of high life diners and lunches also studies the other social habits which coincided with these events. Stelzer goes into detail about Churchill's drinking habits as well as his well-known smoking of expensive Cuban cigars. The legends of Churchill's drinking habits are studied and clarified which will dispel the rumors of Churchill being a raging alcoholic. Along with Winston's drinking habits, Stelzer goes into Churchill's cigar smoking habits. Both Winston's drinking and smoking habits are dovetailed into his dining and entertaining way of life. His dining habits reflect not only politics but also his wit and humor to people who associated with him. In effect what Stelzer shows to us was that Winston Churchill not only revels in the traditions and benefits of fine dining, but also how Churchill tended to use these events to have people being persuaded to see Churchill's political policies in a much enlightened perspective. Politics as seen from Churchill's points of view is shown to us also as satisfying the palate and filling the stomach. Stelzer brings forth to us most of the great dinners Churchill had attended and how his actions affected world politics. This was a highly interesting book which looking at the life and Churchill from a different and unusual perspective. Fine dining shows to us was used to forming high politics.
I hold Churchill in enormously high esteem. The power of his personality and belief in the unique character of the Brits are, in large part, the determiners of the arc of WWII. Add in his dedication to good drinks, cigars, and food, and this book is a wonderful companion to the many epic Churchill biographies (and of course his own voluminous writings). Here you'll find food and drink as politics. Food and drink as a way to knock down walls and build bridges. Really enjoyed the detailed nature of the menu research and less common anecdotes. A very interesting read. Highly recommend.
I enjoyed this book very much as I prefer biographies over most other forms of literature. Having read several other books about Churchill, I nevertheless learned a great many new things about this amazing historical leader. As an amateur cook myself I particularly enjoyed reading about Churchill's food and beverage preferences. The importance of his conduct of political diplomacy at the dinner table is made evident by the author. She documents the many cases before and during the war where Churchill's magnetic personality and rare conversational skills served him, and the British people admirably. The book is well-written and easy to read. My main reason for rating it with just four stars is that the subject matter of the book itself is fairly short - with the last third of the book made up of short, but interesting mini-bios of various war-time associates of Churchill.
Despite the enormous amount of literature that has focussed on virtually every aspect of Winston Churchill's illustrious life and career, I believe that this is the only volume that concentrates on his dining habits, particularly as regards his "dinner diplomacy", his talent for using meals as a political instrument to achieve his t surprisingly, most of the table talk takes place during the Second World War. Ms. Stelzer describes the menus, the wines, the guests and the topics of conversation in light, somewhat inelegant, prose that still manages to hold the reader's attention.Having squeezed nearly every drop out of the war years, Ms. Stelzer finishes off the text with supplementary chapters on Churchill's special preferences in food, spirits and, of course, cigars. Though somewhat less captivating, they will still provide the Churchill aficionado with a few more good all, this new work is a genuinely entertaining addition to the Churchill literature and is even more enjoyable accompanied by a large cigar and double Cognac. My only real complaint is that the coarse paper and grainy photographs give the book a rather amateurish appearance.
Stelzer has written an entertaining book, but it is probably more entertaining for readers who already know a lot about Churchill the man and the history of the first half of the 20th century. What an appetite he had! My only quibble is that Stelzer tries too hard to defend Churchill from present-day Puritans. He was an alcoholic by today's standards. I do not see how you can deny that. Many people mutter quietly that today's Puritans have gone too far in their quest to hunt out sins and punish transgressors, but if you use today's standards, Churchill was a highly functioning alcoholic, probably Bipolar ill was also racist, eugenicist, nationalistic, imperialistic and Havana-cigaristic. Okay, so he wasn't perfect. He was the war leader that the West needed in 1940, and he was obviously a damned good dinner companion. An easy read, much to be recommended to those sympathetic to both human frailty and human heroism as well as to those who simply admire what Churchill accomplished.
Very entertaining and informative concerning one of the worlds great leaders, leading at the right time. Unlike today he and Roosevelt were statesman, visionaries and leaders that knew instinctively how to communicate with the very day man and woman. In today's Washington we lack leadership at very level, except maybe the FBI with Comey, whether Republican or Democrat we have a crisis of failed leadership in an extremely dangerous world, filled with the highest level of lies, deceit and minipulation, but Churchill's story demonstrates that with with real leadership the world can survive, I am not sure we have those leaders today. But, enjoy a wonderful accounting of a great leader and how he lead the world with Roosevelt to peace, which todays leaders seem determined to destroy.