Cita Stelzer

Cita Stelzer

Cita Stelzer received a BA degree from Barnard College, with a major in history, worked in educational publishing, and has been a stringer for the Financial Times. She founded a public relations firm in New York City, and served as special aide to Mayor John Lindsay and to Governor Hugh Carey, before joining an economic consulting firm specializing in regulatory policy. She is an Advisor to the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, a member of the Board of Advisers of the International Churchill Society, a former Trustee of Wigmore Hall, the venerable chamber music venue in London, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees and Vice Chairman of the Aspen Musical Festival and School. Her first book, Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table, was published in 2011. Why I wrote Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table By Cita Stelzer In the course of many years spent reading biographies of and books about Winston Churchill I realized that I had learned little about how this man planned the meals at which he had accomplished so much. After all, most of the deals that were struck at the famous international conferences held during WWII were made at or facilitated by dinners at which the leaders were more relaxed than at formal sessions. So I began digging into the Churchill Archives at Churchill College, Cambridge. Not only did I find menus for the more famous dinners with Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, and Stalin. But there were details of Churchill careful setting of the stages for dinners with his generals, political friends and foes, leading academics and a host of other interesting people. In addition, I found bills for dinners at Claridges, the Ritz and The Savoy, with guests lists, amended wine selections, letters from Churchill and his staff complaining about over-billing, letters from Churchill thanking friends for the gifts of foods and wines, all in the Archives as set out in my book.
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