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The Splendid and the Vile

A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Erik Larson

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 twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and p...
Publish Date
2020
February 25
Goodreads rating
4.22
ISBN
9780385348713
Recommendations
4
Recommendations
Dec 20, 2020
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Dec 08, 2020
Larson gives you a vivid sense of what life was like for average citizens during this awful period, and he does a great job profiling some of the British leaders who saw them through the crisis, including Winston Churchill and his close advisers. Its scope is too narrow to be the only book you ever read on World War II, but it’s a great addition to the literature focused on t      source
Apr 10, 2020
Books on Churchill in 1940-1941 take on wholly different meanings during a crisis vs studying during times of peace & prosperity.      source
Dec 12, 2020
THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE @exlarson's latest book is a startling portrayal of what it was like to be alive in London during the Blitz. My dad got so lost in the text, that he actually worried Britain might lose the war. There's a reason why it's a #1 NYTimes Bestseller!      source