Mon January 5, 2009
British author Roald Dahl's amazing, various, and true adventures.
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – When Roald Dahl, a charming young wounded RAF pilot, took up his post at the British Embassy in Washington in 1942, his assignment was clear: Use his looks, wit, and personal flair to gain access to the most powerful figures in American political life. He did his duty, but he wasn't thrilled about it. In fact, he sometimes hated the work, which included snooping about at the elite parties of Georgetown society, winning over First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as well as her husband; befriending wartime leaders like Henry Wallace and Henry Morgenthau; and seducing the glamorous freshman congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce. It's an incredible story --- very truth-is-stranger-than-fiction, in many ways --- and it's now offered in full in a book called "The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington." Rich Fisher talks with the author of this book on today's edition of StudioTulsa, which first aired in October of last year. They chat about Dahl's wartime exploits in D.C., which also included working alongside other British notables --- and spies --- like actor Leslie Howard, ad-guru David Ogilvy, and author Ian Fleming.