I loved the insight into Washington during the War. My parents having grown up in the city, I am constantly fascinated by the stories they tell about all the goings on and how Washington transformed from a sleepy Southern town to the city it is today.
The discussions about the Wallace Vice Presidency was absolutely fascinating. I had not realized what a concern that he caused to the British government.
I was moved most by the post war period. It seems that the people in the book were constantly chasing the life they had during the war.
I really enjoyed this. I found it very interesting and entertaining to hear about Dahl's life. The literary figure seems so divorced from real man.
The book is a good view of life in Washington before the U.S. entered the war and what gadabouts, like Roald Dahl were up to on behalf of the British government, trying to gather info and influence the U.S. to enter the war. It is centered around Dahl, is almost his biography and the 'gossip' includes people such as FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Tyrone Power and Patricia Neal. I found it sometimes boring, but at other times engaging. Roald Dahl comes across as a very brave, charming, talented and perhaps not totally likable fellow.
A house guest of a Texas Publisher/ power broker named Marsh, a direct line to FDR and Elanor through a house guest named Princes Sophie and courting a congress woman by the name of Claire B Luce. A conduit to Churchill and insider on the delicate balance of post war aviation. You would think the character is fictional. Instead he is a writer of great children's fictional literature who is 6'6", educated in England with a Norwegian mother and four older sisters. This is a great read the first time and even better the second time with Simon Prebble as narrator. Prebble does many of the Dick Frances Mysteries and is well suited to this complex mystery of a man.