The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance 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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
“Mine is a more intimate account that delves into how Churchill and his ...more
As 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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
This is a gripping and vastly entertaining look at Winston Churchill and those in his circle in Churchill’s first year as wartime Prime Minister. Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement toward Hitler and Nazi Germany had failed spectacularly. Chamberlain’s 1938 Munich Agreement with Hitler was supposed to bring “peace in our time,” but in September, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland and war was declared. The first several ...more
From newly available sources, declassified files and personal diaries, Erik Larson chronicles Winston Churchill’s life during his first year as prime minister and during the London Blitz. This compelling portrait shows in a cinematic way how Churchill taught the British people the art of being fearless. The story is more than a political one it also tells us the domestic drama and the day to day experience of Churchill, his family and his ...more
Personal Note: I have like now read all of Larson’s books, and while I love his ...more
Thanks to Crown Publishing and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book. ...more
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Erik Larson does it again! No other non-fiction author melds quotes, speeches, letters, etc so seamlessly together that it makes you feel as if you are reading a fictional novel. And trust me, as a history major, I have read my fair share of poorly written and dry non-fiction books. I have always been ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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