Hot Dogs and Cocktails: When FDR Met King George VI at Hyde Park on Hudson

Hot Dogs and Cocktails: When FDR Met King George VI at Hyde Park on Hudson

by Peter Conradi
     
 

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From the coauthor of The King's Speech, the story behind the historic meeting between FDR and King George VI on the eve of World War II, a meeting that is now the subject of a major Hollywood movie, Hyde Park on Hudson

Between June 9th and 12th 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were the guests of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at

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From the coauthor of The King's Speech, the story behind the historic meeting between FDR and King George VI on the eve of World War II, a meeting that is now the subject of a major Hollywood movie, Hyde Park on Hudson

Between June 9th and 12th 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were the guests of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at his country estate in Hyde Park, New York, during what was the first ever visit by a reigning British monarch to the United States. Coming at a time when Britain desperately needed U.S. help in the conflict that now seemed inevitable, the meeting was front page news on both sides of the Atlantic and imbued with huge political significance. This fascinating book recreates the backdrop to the royal visit, analyzing the political background and the media's reaction, and tells the back stories both of the King and of FDR, whose colorful personal life became entwined with the visit.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 12/23/2013
The first official visit of a British monarch to the United States since colonial times was a widely publicized event. Apart from improving the relationship between the two powers, the short stay of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Hyde Park-on-Hudson in June 1939 had significant political impact: it set the stage for a partnership between the two countries during WWII. Conradi (coauthor of The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy) eloquently lays out the setting for the event and concisely and thoroughly establishes the backgrounds of the individuals and countries involved. The media also play a notable role in gauging America's reaction to royalty, represented well by the question asked in the weeks leading up to the visit—"would the King and Queen be served hot dogs during the picnic that their hosts planned to hold for them?" Conradi even details the logistics of travel as well as the event's disasters—including F.D.R.'s toast to the Queen's health—and its successes—both the King and Queen asked for second hot dogs. It's an amusing read with substance, revealing how important seemingly trivial diplomatic overtures can be in determining the course of history. 16 page b&w photo insert. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"Perfect for both history buffs and fans of The King's Speech, the vivid details and political exploration in Hot Dogs and Cocktails provide a fresh perspective on a historical event that will gratify readers. The result is a lively and riveting account of a defining moment in recent world history." —SirReadALot.org

"It's an amusing read with substance, revealing how important seemingly trivial diplomatic overtures can be in determning the course of history." — Publisher's Weekly

"...an enjoyable read."  —The Washington Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846882944
Publisher:
Alma Books
Publication date:
12/01/2013
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
962,158
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


Peter Conradi is an author and a journalist who works for the Sunday Times. He is the author of Great SurvivorsHitler's Piano Player, and Iris Murdoch: A Life and the coauthor of The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy.

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