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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance… (2020)

av Erik Larson

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"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz 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, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and 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 brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports-some released only recently-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 youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick 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, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."--… (mer)
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A close-up history of England during Churchill's first year as Prime Minister. Information on his family and advisors and every-day Britons preparing for war make this a fabulous read. ( )
  mojomomma | Apr 13, 2021 |
The Splendid and the Vile is well-researched and extremely informative. I listened to the audiobook, and it was fascinating to learn about Churchill, the man. His personal relationships were so intertwined with his political connections. His family members were included as he made decisions that would affect his country and the world forever. I was particularly intrigued by the descriptions of Churchill's correspondence and relationship with Roosevelt and Americans. My three-star rating is due to my belief that there was a little too much detail at times, and I ended up reading and listening to other books before I finally finished this one. Erik Larsen is a master storyteller, though, and I am overall impressed with his ability to give this historical account in story form.
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  LindaLoretz | Mar 15, 2021 |
Erik Larson hits another one out of the park. He brings to life the many players who had a hand in the tale of the Blitz on Great Britain during WWII. Didn't want to walk away from it. Highly recommended! ( )
  Schneider | Mar 10, 2021 |
Very thorough and detailed history of Churchill's first year as PM covering the Blitz and the threat of invasion. It was a fascinating time period and Churchill was a fascinating character -- the right man for the big job he had. However, the book didn't read as smoothly as Larson's other books. Too much detail and too much jumping around to different people and places to read like a cohesive story. ( )
  NMBookClub | Jan 27, 2021 |
An outstanding book ( )
  spec1963 | Jan 22, 2021 |
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"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz 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, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and 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 brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports-some released only recently-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 youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick 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, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."--

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