11/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

How Washington Gossip Saved Europe

Ever wonder what Washington society was like during the second World War II? A a time when glamorous doyennes like Clare Boothe Luce, Cissy Patterson, and Evalyn Walsh McLean hosted lavish dinner parties where Washington's political, media and business worlds collided for food drink, and,of course, good dish?
Well, if you've got the gossip bug and also happen to be a history buff, then I've found the book for you. In The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington, by veteran writer Jennet Conant, you discover how Winston Churchill used dashing young spies like Mr. Dahl to blend in with Washington's elite to convince them to support the Allies and to report back his findings to the British Security Coordination, a cover organization of the M16.

Read my story in the Washington Times here...