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




      The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
The 1 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 45,000 Britons 30,000 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 end.In 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. Best Download The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz [ Author ] Erik Larson [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – bluevapours.co.uk

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 Hulu plans to adapt the book for a limited TV series, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese as executive producers Erik s IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, about America s first ambassador to Nazi Germany and his daughter, has been optioned by Tom Hanks for development as a feature film.His next book, THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE A SAGA OF CHURCHILL, FAMILY, AND DEFIANCE DURING THE BLITZ, due out in early spring 2020, is a story of geopolitical brinksmanship during Churchill s first year as prime minister, but also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill s prime ministerial country house, Chequers, and his full moon home, Ditchley, where Churchill, his family, and his Secret Circle convene when the moon is in its brightest phases and the bombing threat is highest Erik is a former features writer for The Wall Street Journal and Time His magazine stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper s and other publications.He has taught non fiction writing at San Francisco State, the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, the University of Oregon, and the Chuckanut Writers Conference, and has spoken to audiences from coast to coast A former resident of Seattle, he now lives in Manhattan with his wife, a neonatologist and author of the nonfiction memoir, ALMOST HOME, which, as Erik puts it, could make a stone cry They have three daughters in far flung locations and professions.

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  • Hardcover
  • 608 pages
  • The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
  • Erik Larson
  • 07 November 2018
  • 0385348711

10 thoughts on “ The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

  1. Liz 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 admired But that s not the case He had many detractors on both sides of the pond Larson does a wonderful job of giving us a flesh and blood Churchill kimonos and all His strength lay in being able to give the English hope and a willingness to fight on After his moving speech about fighting on Erik Larson is my favorite author of nonfiction He writes books that just grab me as well as always teaching me ...

  2. Jeanette 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 read the multi volume biographies about him, this book is an effective distillation of the man as he navigated his first year as prime minister May 10, 1940 through May 10, 1941 was a pivotal year, with the fate of England entirely uncertain and world domination by Hitler a frightening 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 read the multi volume biographies about him, this book is an effective distillation of the man as he navigated his first year as prime minister May 10, 1940 through May 10, 1941 was a pivotal year, with the fate of England entirely uncertain and world domination by Hitler a frightening ...

  3. Joy D 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 Churchill s first year 1940 1941 as British Prime Minister, the Battle of Britain, and what life was like for Churchill, his family, and his inner circle As Larson states in his introductory notes to readersMine is aintimate account that delves into how Churchill and his 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 Churchill s first year 1940 1941 as British Prime Minister, the Battle of Britain, and what life was like for Churchill, his family, and his inner circle As Larson states in his introductory notes to readersMine is aintimate account that delves into how Churchill and his circle went about surviving on a daily basis the dark moments and the light, the romantic entanglements and debacles, the sorrows and laughter, and the odd little episodes that reveal how life was really lived under Hitler s tempest of steel Larson draws upon memoirs, diaries, letters, recently declassified material, and many other sources documented...

  4. Marialyce 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 smoothly, but also is able to provide facts that are fascinating, erudite, and ultimately educate the reader, in a way that is fascinating and captivating There are multiple books about Winston Churchill, but this one merged together flawlessly pieces of his life Winston had the 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 smoothly, but also is able to provide facts that are fascinating, erudite, and ultimately educate the reader, in a way that is fascinating and captivating There are multiple books about Winston Churchill, but this one merged together flawlessly pieces of his life Winston had the uncanny ability to unite a nation that was bombarded with everything Nazi Germany had in its arsenal, but still managed to carry through to victory It was also a fine tribute to the men and women behind the scenes, those who carried on because of Winston, and those family members who so believed in their husband and father Winston didn t believe in failure and though there were many, his indomitable spirit seemed to transcend defeat and inspire in the British people that spirit, and dri...

  5. Linden 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, butimportantly, we get to know people around him his wife, his 18 year old daughter, his spendthrift son, and most importantly, his entourage, all of whom worked tirelessly during the war years The descriptions elicit a very visceral reaction I felt almost as if I were a witness to the 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, butimportantly, we get to know people around him his wife, his 18 year old daughter, his spendthrift son, and most importantly, his entourage, all of whom worked tirelessly during the war years The descriptions elicit a very visceral reaction I felt almost as if I were a witness to the terrible bombings but ther...

  6. TXGAL1 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 figures, this book is definitely for you.Mr Larson selects the first year of Winston Churchill s service as Prime Minister of Britain, 5 May 1940 5 May 1941 to focus our attention on not only the life of Winston Churchill, but also his family and others that come into his 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 y...

  7. Dem says:

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

  8. ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀ says:

    4.5 Stars This ended too soon Review to follow.

  9. Tammy 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 Most importantly, he was a strong and decisive leader The Blitz occurred during his first year as Prime Minister and he united the British people as they faced the most serious threat to freedom Larson s book provides a singular and superior perspective of the 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 Most importantly, he was a strong and decisive leader The Blitz occurred during his first year as Prime Minister and he united the British people as they faced the most ...

  10. Jaksen 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 program Thank you again, Goodreads The story of the blitz, as seen from over the shoulder of Mr Winston Churchill, PM of Great Britain at this time 1940 1941 Also, from his daughter, Mary, his secretary John Colville, and a myriad of others who kept 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 program Thank you again, Goodreads The story of the blitz, as seen from over the shoulder of Mr Winston Churchill, PM of Great Britain at this time 1940 1941 Also, from his daughter, Mary, his secretary John Colville, and a myriad of others who kept journals, diaries, memos, letters and other accounts of what was going on during this horrendous time for the country Included are the journals ordinary citizens kept as part of a nation wide program to keep records on what was happening Amazing to see the reflections, tho...

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