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

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisisOne of Chicago Tribune’s Best Books of the Year So Far • “A bravura performance by one of America’s greatest storytellers.”—NPR“Churchill’s lessons of resilience and his style of steady-handed leadership are essential to the state of mind of American readers.”—Vanity FairOn 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 persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end. In 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 brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—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 youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments. 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, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The creator of The Satan within the White Metropolis and Useless Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London in the course of the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of braveness and management in a time of unprecedented crisisOne of Chicago Tribune’s Finest Books of the 12 months So Far • “A bravura efficiency by certainly one of America’s biggest storytellers.”—NPR“Churchill’s classes of resilience and his fashion of steady-handed management are important to the mind-set of American readers.”—Self-importance FairOn 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 simply two weeks away. For the following twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing marketing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was as much as Churchill to carry his nation collectively and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and keen to battle to the top. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson exhibits, in cinematic element, how Churchill taught the British folks “the artwork of being fearless.” It’s a story of political brinkmanship, however it’s additionally an intimate home drama, set towards the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial nation house, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, the place he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing risk is highest; and naturally 10 Downing Avenue in London. Drawing on diaries, unique archival paperwork, and once-secret intelligence studies—some launched solely not too long ago—Larson supplies a brand new lens on London’s darkest 12 months by the day-to-day expertise of Churchill and his household: his spouse, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes towards her dad and mom’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his stunning, sad spouse, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns within the hardest moments. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of right this moment’s political dysfunction and again to a time of true management, when, within the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, braveness, and perseverance sure a rustic, and a household, collectively.

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