Reading The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Author Erik Larson –

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

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 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.

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

  1. Liz 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

  2. Dem Dem says:

    What a poignant read for the times we are in as the world is fighting a different type of war without the guns and bombs and those in government must make the tough decisions to keep us safe A few Winston Churchills wouldn t go amiss in heading the Governments of todayNever in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so

  3. Beata Beata says:

    A terrific account of the darkest hour from the perspective of the Churchills Mr Larson has a special talent which allows him to engage a reader and leave them satisfied, like myself This non fiction is about the times when Great Britain was on the verge of falling into the Nazi hands and regime, and yet, Churchill and his charisma at t

  4. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Few authors are as gifted writing non fiction that reads like fiction , as Erik Larson does With tenacity and sensitivity, Larson gives us an compelling account of history by humanizing the facts with the interesting array of characters Larson masterfully reimagines the The Blitz and the Battle of Britain , bombs dropping German invasion , in un

  5. Holly B Holly B says:

    This was fascinating, thrilling, and filled with those go team moments Britain and the world VS Hitler I took my time to read this history filled book It was part memoir of Winston Churchill s first year as Prime Minister of Britain during WWII I read lots of WWII fictional novels, BUT this author brought the battle front and center, behind the scenes an

  6. JanB JanB says:

    Never was there such a contrast of natural splendor and human vileness John Colville s diary entry about the peculiar beauty of watching bombs fall over the city What better time than during a pandemic to read about the unrelenting courage of a people during one of the darkest periods of history During the Blitz, Londoners endured fifty seven consecutive nights o

  7. Jeanette (Again) Jeanette (Again) says:

    Publication day has finally arrived Enjoy 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

  8. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    I have read several books by Eric Larson but Devil In The White City was always my favorite, but after reading The Splendid And The Vile , this one is a tie for me with the above book.I have never read another author who can make learning about history engaging and easily readable It was a bit hard to read in part because of the pandemic we are still struggling with However, it wa

  9. Faith Faith says:

    In the Sources and Acknowledgements section of this book, the author states I set out to hunt for the stories that often get left out of the massive biographies of Churchill, either because there s no time to tell them or because they seem too frivolous But it is in frivolity Churchill often revealed himself, the little moments that endeared him to his staff, despite the extreme demands he

  10. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Leadership Apparently King George VI felt that Churchill had something that the country needed when he appointed him to replace Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the spring of 1940 Observers, at the time, felt Churchill was flamboyant, electric, wholly unpredictable and a questionable choice to be Prime Minister Larson s excellent non fiction account confirms that Churchill was all of that andB

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