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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz

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Erik Larson

 

  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for History & Biography (2020)

 

‘Fresh, fast and deeply moving … Larson’s deft portraits show the essential connection that words created between the powerful and the powerless, capturing the moments that defined life for millions struggling to survive the decisions of a few’ New York Times Book Review

 

‘If you want to look back at a really important part of history with fresh eyes, this is the book for you … Gripping and wonderful’ Alan Carr

 

‘There are countless books about World War II, but there’s only one Erik Larson … There are many things to admire about The Splendid and the Vile, but chief among them is Larson’s electric writing. The book reads like a novel, and even though everyone (hopefully) knows how the war ultimately ended, he keeps the reader turning the pages with his gripping prose.’ NPR

 

‘A particularly gripping read, written with bounce and brio. Larson pulls together vivid vignettes – some moving, some amusing, a few grim … A fine writer of narrative nonfiction history.’ Robbie Millen, Times

 

‘A captivating history of Churchill’s heroic year, with more than the usual emphasis on his intimates.’ Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

‘This book is peppered with eye-popping details … A deeply compelling work of history … Without resorting to heroism, it makes one long powerfully for real leadership’ Lit Hub

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A STARTLING, GRIPPING PORTRAIT OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE ALIVE IN BRITAIN DURING THE BLITZ, AND WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE AROUND CHURCHILL.

On 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, the Nazis would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons and destroying two million homes.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson gives a new and brilliantly cinematic account of how Britain’s most iconic leader set about unifying the nation at its most vulnerable moment, and teaching ‘the art of being fearless.’

Drawing on once-secret intelligence reports and diaries, #1 bestselling author Larson takes readers from the shelled streets of London to Churchill’s own chambers, giving a vivid vision of true leadership, when – in the face of unrelenting horror – a leader of eloquence, strategic brilliance and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.

 

About the Author

Erik Larson is an author of two previous books, including the critically acclaimed ‘Lethal Passage’, about a boy and a gun. Currently an award-winning writer for ‘Time’ magazine, he formerly wrote features stories for the front page of the ‘Wall Street Journal’ and taught non-fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins Writers’ Seminars and San Francisco State University. He lives in Seattle.

 

Book Specifications

Title: The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz
Author: Erik Larson
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Weight: 780g
Published Year: 2020
Publisher: William Collins
ISBN: 9780008274979
Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
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