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

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The #1New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Devil in the White CityandDead Wakedelivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next
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Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Crown
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    Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
    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
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    Joy D
    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 readers:

    “Mine is a more intimate account that delves into how Churchill and his
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    Dem
    Oct 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Really excited about this one by Erik Larson which comes out in 2020.
    Geoffrey
    Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    (Note: I recieved an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley).

    Erik Larson’s latest deep historical delve takes readers to Winston Churchill’s Blitz-battered but still resilient Britain.

    Once again, the author manages to create a historical snapshot that manages to be both simultaneously sweeping in scope of its subject matter yet also deeply intimate. Admittedly, the sheer amount of detail that fills this book’s pages can occasionally make one feel a little bogged down beneath it all. There were
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    Thomas Lambe
    Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Just finished an advanced reader copy of Erik Larson's latest work. Thanks to NetGalley for the copy!

    I have read all of Erik Larson's previous works so I am clearly biased. He is such as wonderful writer and storyteller. His books are a complete pleasure to read. His latest is no exception to that rule! I am sucker for all Churchill stories to begin with.

    I can't imagine that anyone even a. new reader of Larson's work would be anything but delighted with this one. I learned so much from this
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    Laurielib
    Dec 04, 2019 added it
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    Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in 1940 when Hitler invaded the Low Countries and within a couple of months France had fallen. Now Hitler was able to focus his efforts on the UK using the strategic France as a launching point. Not everyone was enamored with the new PM with his pink silk underwear, siren blue suit and cigars. He desperately needed US support but the Isolationist sentiment and the Neutrality Act tied FDR’s hands. The Splendid and Vile focuses on the time between 1940 and ...more
    Kendra
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a fine account of Churchill's actions (and his family's doings) during WWII, as well as side-chapters on the lives of his daughter Mary and one of his aides in particular. It is, as are most of Larson's books, well-written and interesting. Is another book on Churchill and the war necessary, though? While readable, this new entry into an already deep field doesn't offer anything particularly new to say to readers, nor does it provide exceptional insight or interviews or anything else that ...more
    Maudaevee
    Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Erik Larson never disappoints!! From the vivid, detailed descriptions of people, places and events his books bring history alive and make me feel I understand it better. I only had a rudimentary understanding of Churchill and this time in English history, and I wasn't sure I wanted to read a whole book about it but I did, I enjoyed every page of it and Larson laid it out wonderfully, brought it to life.
    Liz Kirchhoff
    Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    A really excellent read that gets into the fascinating, weird personality of Churchill. Because Larson focuses so tightly on the Churchill family, you get an unusual view of London in wartime. It’s probably not for everyone and will take some time, but your patience will be rewarded. I love history like this.
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    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. ...more