At stake in the visit was geopolitics — Britain wanted to coax the United States into the brewing conflict in Europe — but what fired the public imagination more was a perceived clash between national stereotypes of British reserve and backslapping American cheer, symbolised in a question of culinary etiquette: would FDR serve his guests hot dogs? Roosevelt's wife, Eleanor, wrote that "there are few individuals in any walk of life who are not thinking and wondering about the King and Queen of England", and you have to share that goggle-eyed view — widespread in the diaries and newspapers that Conradi fillets — to get much out of this book.
How important is it to know that on a given day George wore "a blue-grey lounge suit" before changing into "a grey flannel suit" and later wearing "a double-breasted dinner jacket"? There is little attempt to analyse or help us make sense of the mania that apparently led a crowd of , New Yorkers to overwhelm 14, police when the royals came to town.
Topics History books The Observer. Reuse this content. Historical books aren't usually on my to read list but it looks like an interesting read xx.
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This sounds very different to the sort of books I read! Sounds like a good book to read x.
Sounds right up my street, I love anything historical and the 30s was an amazing era! I enjoyed The King's Speech although I've never read the book.
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I'm now intrigued to read Hot Dogs and Cocktails after reading your review. Whilst I'm fascinated by this period of history I usually prefer to read about the average person and getting a real sense of the social situation of the time - this does sound good though and I did enjoy The King's Speech film so maybe just maybe I could be convinced :.
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I love hearing from my readers so please feel free to leave comment. If I'm honest although I like to try different genres of books, historical themed stories have never been top of my list but the blurb to Hot Dogs and Cocktails, I was intrigued. Posted by MamaMummyMum at Labels: book , peter conradi , Review.