- 608 pages
- The Splendid and the Vile
- Erik Larson
- 01 February 2017 Erik Larson
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
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.