The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson audiobook

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

By Erik Larson
Read by John Lee

Random House Audio 9780385348713

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 02/25/2020

    ISBN: 9780593167168

  • Available on 02/25/2020

    ISBN: 9780593167168

Runtime: 17.82 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2020 BY The Washington PostHuffPostThe Seattle TimesLit HubThe WeekPopSugar

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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Nonfiction king Erik Larson is back. PopSugar
This book is peppered with eye-popping details. . . . A deeply compelling work of history . . . Without resorting to heroism, it makes one long powerfully for real leadership. Lit Hub, “Most Anticipated Books of 2020”
I have an early copy of this book on my desk and idly began reading the first pages—and suddenly time disappeared. The Seattle Times
A captivating history of Churchill’s heroic year, with more than the usual emphasis on his intimates. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)  
What Larson brilliantly provides are the finer details of the effects on England as he focuses on the family and home of its dynamic, idiosyncratic, and indefatigable leader. . . . Larson’s skill at integrating vast research and talent for capturing compelling human dramas culminate in an inspirational portrait of one of history’s finest, most fearless leaders. Booklist (starred review)  

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Author

Author Bio: Erik Larson

Author Bio: Erik Larson

Erik Larson is the author of four national bestsellers: In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm, which have collectively sold more than five million copies and two of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. His books have been published in fourteen countries.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English