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

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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,
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Hardcover, 282 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Alma Books (first published December 20th 2012)
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Kerry Speidell
Jan 09, 2017 Kerry Speidell rated it it was ok
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Marilyn
A light, breezy book about the 1939 Royal Tour of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth [later H.M. The Queen Mother] to Canada and the U.S. The American portion, when Their Majesties were served hot dogs [among other American dishes] was more detailed. Daylight upon magic : the royal tour of Canada, 1939 by Tom MacDonnell (1989) and Royal Spring : the royal tour of 1939 and the Queen Mother in Canada by Arthur Bousfield (1989) are much better if you want to know about the Canadian portion. Mr. Con ...more
Katie
Oct 02, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction-read
I really enjoyed this. I felt it was a thoroughly comprehensive work about a well-documented incident. It gave all the appropriate background history without going into too much detail, and really delved into the relationship just before the Second World War between Britain and the US. Yes, it was "easy reading," but that can be extraordinarily relieving in a nonfiction book where it is so easy to get bogged down by names and extraneous details and not be able to grasp the whole picture. I only ...more
The Book Maven
In the summer of 1939, just before the pesky Germans really made life complicated, the King and Queen of England took a little jaunt across the pond to visit Canada. President Roosevelt, having caught wind of their plans, made sure that they swung by America for a few days. They did, and managed to charm a great many of the American people (unless they lived in the Midwest) and even ate a couple of hotdogs.

This is the rather superficial and not-very-riveting treatment of that visit.

And that's
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Kealani
Jun 21, 2015 Kealani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As delicious as the best picnic

What a joy, to hone in on this exciting and healing meeting of great women and their difficult but powerful husbands at a carefully orchestrated nexus -the benefits of which last to this day. Briskly told, with pointed connections, and exploring juicy tidbits I had never read before.
Tom
Jul 12, 2014 Tom rated it liked it
Nice, diversionary summer reading. Interesting and somewhat gossipy. The author seems to have had as much fun writing it as I had reading it. Would possibly merit four stars if it were a more substantial work. As it is, this book feels somewhat "padded."
Stan Ries
this book had some personal meanings having grown up near Hyde Park. I found the book quite interesting and easy reading.
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