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"Eggs or Anarchy is one of the great, British stories of the Second World War yet to be told in full. It reveals the heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack from the Axis powers and resources scarce, it was Woolton's job to fulfil his promise to the British people, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in particular, that there would be food on the shelves each week. Persuading the public to not resort to the black market and to manage on the very limited ration was one thing, but Woolton had to fulfil his side of the bargain and maintain supplies in time of crisis. A grammar school-educated genius, he was a fish out of water in Churchill's cabinet and the PM himself doubted Woolton would survive due to the unstinting criticism he faced from colleagues, the press and public. This is the story of how he battled to save his own career while using every trick in his entrepreneurial book to secure supplies. He battled to outwit unscrupulous dealers on the black market streets of cities within the British Empire - such as Alexandria in Eygpt - persuading customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his import schemes. If Britain had gone hungry the outcome of the war could have been very different. This book, for the first time, finds out the real story of how Lord Woolton provided food for Britain and her colonies and discovers that for him there were days when it was literally a choice of 'eggs or anarchy'."--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Eggs or Anarchy: The remarkable story of the man tasked with the impossible: to feed a nation at war
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I liked this book about :Lord Woolton and his role at the Minstry of Food during WW2. It's an easy read and full of (to my mind) the personal side of his life which brings to life the person rather than his political role. Its easy to see that he and Churchill did not hit it off but I suspect by the time the war was all but won,Churchill had realised what he had on his hands and so promoted Woolton to be the Minister of Post War Reconstruction, in an attempt to utilise his strong business skills. I would have liked more on this latter role but perhaps that is better kept for a further biography. ( )
  xtofersdad | May 17, 2020 |
This book is useful in that it contains a lot of information about Lord Woolton's role as Minister of Food for most of WW2 in Britain. Perhaps rather less about his ministry, but that is fair enough. It is unfortunate that the text is written in a rather dull and repetitious way. The author boasts that it would be too tiresome to include references to documentary sources; consequently there are no citations. There are also some glaring factual errors. In addition, the author's social prejudices (this is the man who recently had to leave an editorial post after a perhaps facetious call to kill vegans) imbue the text throughout. ( )
  ponsonby | Nov 13, 2019 |
Eggs or Anarchy tells of England's WW II Ministry of Food attempt to ensure there would be food on the shelves. The minister and originally a commoner, Lord Woolton, has an entrepreneurial background which he used to the country's advantage to augment the established bureaucracy. Lord Woolton, ever mindful of nutritional benefit to the nation's health, dictated the types and quantity of food available. He saw the war as an opportunity to serve his country, was terribly offended by those who saw it as an opportunity for profit. Most proud of his success in providing healthy meals to children and pregnant women, in his mind, thus ensuring the future health of the nation. Less than flattering view of PM Churchill. ( )
  MM_Jones | Aug 3, 2017 |
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"Eggs or Anarchy is one of the great, British stories of the Second World War yet to be told in full. It reveals the heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack from the Axis powers and resources scarce, it was Woolton's job to fulfil his promise to the British people, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in particular, that there would be food on the shelves each week. Persuading the public to not resort to the black market and to manage on the very limited ration was one thing, but Woolton had to fulfil his side of the bargain and maintain supplies in time of crisis. A grammar school-educated genius, he was a fish out of water in Churchill's cabinet and the PM himself doubted Woolton would survive due to the unstinting criticism he faced from colleagues, the press and public. This is the story of how he battled to save his own career while using every trick in his entrepreneurial book to secure supplies. He battled to outwit unscrupulous dealers on the black market streets of cities within the British Empire - such as Alexandria in Eygpt - persuading customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his import schemes. If Britain had gone hungry the outcome of the war could have been very different. This book, for the first time, finds out the real story of how Lord Woolton provided food for Britain and her colonies and discovers that for him there were days when it was literally a choice of 'eggs or anarchy'."--

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