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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 Roosevelt, whose colorful personal life became entwined with the visit.
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Peter Conradi is an author and a journalist who works for the Sunday Times. He is the author of Great Survivors, Hitler's Piano Player, and Iris Murdoch: A Life and the coauthor of The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy.Review:
"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
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