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The Splendid and the Vile The New York Times Bestselling Author Of Dead Wake And The Devil In The White City Delivers A Startlingly Fresh Portrait Of Winston Churchill And London During The BlitzOn Winston Churchill S First Day As Prime Minister, Hitler Invaded Holland And Belgium Poland And Czechoslovakia Had Already Fallen, And The Dunkirk Evacuation Was Just Two Weeks Away For The Next Twelve Months, Hitler Would Wage A Relentless Bombing Campaign, Killing , Britons , Of Them Londoners And Destroying Two Million Homes It Was Up To Churchill To Hold The Country Together And Persuade President Franklin Roosevelt That Britain Was A Worthy Ally That She Was Willing To Fight To The EndIn The Splendid And The Vile, Erik Larson Shows, In Cinematic Detail, How Churchill Taught The British People The Art Of Being Fearless It Is A Story Of Political Brinksmanship But Also An Intimate Domestic Drama, Set Against The Backdrop Of Churchill S Prime Ministerial Country House, Chequers, And His Wartime Residence, Ditchley, Where Churchill And His Entourage Go When The Moon Is Brightest And The Bombing Threat Is Highest Drawing On A Wealth Of Untapped Sources, Including Recently Declassified Files, Intelligence Reports, And Personal Diaries Only Now Available, Larson Provides A New Lens On London S Darkest Year Through The Day To Day Experience Of Churchill And His Family His Wife, Clementine Their Daughters, Sarah, Diana, And The Youngest, Mary, Who Chafes Against Her Parents Wartime Protectiveness Their Son, Randolph, And His Beautiful, Unhappy Wife, Pamela Her Illicit Lover, A Dashing American Emissary And The Cadre Of Close Advisors Who Comprised Churchill S Secret Circle, Including His Dangerously Observant Private Secretary, John Colville Newspaper Baron Lord Beaverbrook And The Rasputin Like Federick Lindemann The Splendid And The Vile Takes Readers Out Of Today S Political Dysfunction And Back To A Time Of True Leadership, When In The Face Of Unrelenting Horror Churchill S Eloquence, Strategic Brilliance, And Perseverance Bound A Country, And A Family, Together



10 thoughts on “The Splendid and the Vile

  1. says:

    Erik Larson is my favorite author of nonfiction He writes books that just grab me as well as always teaching me something new Looking back on Churchill, it s easy to assume he was always loved and admi


  2. says:

    Be sure to set aside plenty of time to work your way through this deep exploration of one year in the life of Churchill and those close to him It will require some patience, but if you re not inclined to r


  3. says:

    I have always admired the British for standing up to Hitler s forces in WWII, after almost all of Europe had fallen under Nazi control How did they endure the almost nightly bombing raids This book focuses on


  4. says:

    5 outstanding starsAs always is the case, books by Erik Larson transcend the usual historical novel This author always goes above and beyond in his books and provides the readers with a story that not only flows s


  5. says:

    Erik Larson is an exceptional writer His meticulous research, coupled with a conversational writing style, make his nonfiction books as enjoyable to read as a novel He tells the reader about Churchill, but importantl


  6. says:

    Erik Larson has done it again The Splendid and The Vile is the one nonfiction book you need to move to the top of your TO BE READ list now If you are a lover of history but not the put you to sleep book of facts and figur


  7. says:

    Really excited about this one by Erik Larson which comes out in 2020.


  8. says:

    4.5 Stars This ended too soon Review to follow.


  9. says:

    Who was Winston Churchill He was irascible, mischievous, mercurial, politician extraordinaire, an iconic statesman, brilliant orator, prone to eccentric sartorial choices during his personal time, husband, father, and father in law M


  10. says:

    Already wrote a review here on Goodreads Why does this sometimes happen Here it is again and now in two places Amazing Magnificent In general, I love Mr Larson s books this one was outstanding I won this btw, through Goodreads Giveaway p


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About the Author: Erik Larson

Erik Larson s latest work of narrative nonfiction is DEAD WAKE THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA, which became an immediate New York Times bestseller His saga of the Chicago World s Fair of 1893, THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won an Edgar Award for fact crime writing, and lingered on various NYT best seller lists for the better part of a decade.