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Hot Dogs and Cocktails: When FDR Met King George VI at Hyde Park on Hudson (2013)

by Peter Conradi

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Conradi’s book is a bit of a shaggy dog story — nothing much happens for 200 pages, then it’s all over in a trice — but the curious innocence of the times is delightfully evoked.
 
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Mackenzie King wrote, "I confess I was glad to hear him say that because I think Churchill is one of the most dangerous men I have ever known."
By about 1.30 a. m., the President, casting himself in a fatherly role towards the monarch, who was thirteen years his junior, tapped him gently on the knee and said, "Young man, it's time for you to go to bed." Far from being offended by such informality, the King seemed to enjoy it.
There was a curious postscript to the visit: overcoming her frugal nature, Sara had decided before the royal visit to buy from the local hardware shop a new lavatory seat for the bathroom that the queen was going to use. After they had left, she had a change of heart and decided the old seat still had some life in it, after all. So she took the replacement back to the shop and demanded a credit to be put on her account. The shopkeeper was just as tight-fisted as Sara, however, and initially refused before eventually backing down. He was determined not to be out of pocket, though, and displayed the item in his window with a “For Sale” sign and a mention of its royal connection. Word quickly got back to Sara, who had a change of mind and took back the seat.
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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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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.… (more)

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