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READ DOWNLOAD ⚪ The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz õ TheNew 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 Leadership Apparently King George VI felt that Churchill had something that the country needed when he appointed him to replace Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the spring of 1940 Observers, at the time, felt Churchill was flamboyant, electric, wholly unpredictable and a questionable choice to be Prime Minister Larson s excellent non fiction account confirms that Churchill was all of that andBut most of all he was a leader who knew how to move a nation with the force of his pers Leadership Apparently King George VI felt that Churchill had something that the country needed when he appointed him to replace Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the spring of 1940 Observers, at the time, felt Churchill was flamboyant, electric, wholly unpredictable and a questionable choice to be Prime Minister Larson s excellent non fiction account confirms that Churchill was all of that andBut most of all he was a leader who knew how to move a nation with the force of his personality and stirring speeches I learned that Churchill often practiced certain phrases and references with family and friends before incorporating them into his speeches Larson provides a vivid account of Churchill s first year as Prime Minister when the Germans pounded the British with bombing night after night Churchill knew that the British could not hold out forever and Larson s account includes how Churchill wooed the United States to come to his country s aid first through the Lend Lease Act and then entry into the war itself after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.Highly recommend this wonderful addition to Churchill biographies Erik Larson is my favorite author of nonfiction He writes books that just grab me as well as always teaching me something new 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 Erik Larson is my favorite author of nonfiction He writes books that just grab me as well as always teaching me something new 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 and never surrendering, he turns to a colleague and says andwe will fight them with the butt end of broken bottles, because that s bloody well all we ve got While Churchill provides the locus of the story, it is muchall encompassing We learn exactly what England was up against in that first year of war It s the details that he gives us that stick with me On the first massive bombing of London, it s the dust from the age of Cromwell, Dickens and Victoria that rains down on everyone and covers everything His choice of quotes are always striking It s the perfect blend of the monumental facts and the minute detail so that you have a complete picture I came away with a much better understanding of what the Battle of Britain was all about I had not understood how much of England, not just London, was subjected to the horrendous bombing And it put me in awe of the English ability to withstand such horror My thanks to netgalley and Crown Publishing for an advance copy of this book What a poignant read for the times we are in as the world is fighting a different type of war without the guns and bombs and those in government must make the tough decisions to keep us safe A few Winston Churchills wouldn t go amiss in heading the Governments of todayNever in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so fewSir Winston Churchill I have always had agrafor Winston Churchill and was excited when I heard that Erik Larson was writing a book portraying Lo What a poignant read for the times we are in as the world is fighting a different type of war without the guns and bombs and those in government must make the tough decisions to keep us safe A few Winston Churchills wouldn t go amiss in heading the Governments of todayNever in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so fewSir Winston Churchill I have always had agrafor Winston Churchill and was excited when I heard that Erik Larson was writing a book portraying London during the Blitz and focusing on Churchill and his family and friends I listened to this one on audible and while it s extremely well narrated, it is not my favorite way to read non fiction and history as I am always wondering if the hard copy had maps, or photographs that I may be missing out on.This is extremely well researched and written account and takes you right into those air shelters in London and the terror and fear that the majority of British folk faced during the war, I leaned so many facts and figures concerning the battle to save Britain and the early years of the war I loved this take on Winston Churchill where his confidence, leadership and eccentricities shine through When a country is facing the challenge of War a leader like Churchill is a necessity and Britain certainly had a leader who was fearless and could make the tough decisions needed at the time I enjoyed reading about Rudolf Hess s trip to Scotland and about the negotiations between Churchill and Roosevelt.Churchill s daughter Mary brings a fresh and young vide to the book as we see her excitement and fun loving escapades through snippets from her teenage to adult diaries to where she commands an anti aircraft battery as a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service I enjoyed reading about Churchill s eccentric nature and what made him tick and his love for his cat I adored his quirky nature and his ability to not give a toss what people thought of him And of course Clementine who was not only a wife and mother but Churchill s close advisor and confident , vetting his speeches, smoothing over his faux pas whenever he made them.A terrific look back in history and a book I throughly enjoyed and I think readers interested in World War II and the battle of Britain might well enjoy this one A terrific account of the darkest hour from the perspective of the Churchills Mr Larson has a special talent which allows him to engage a reader and leave them satisfied, like myself This non fiction is about the times when Great Britain was on the verge of falling into the Nazi hands and regime, and yet, Churchill and his charisma at that very moment prevented the catastrophy The is not much politics although one might expect a huge portion of it opening a book in which Winston Churchill i A terrific account of the darkest hour from the perspective of the Churchills Mr Larson has a special talent which allows him to engage a reader and leave them satisfied, like myself This non fiction is about the times when Great Britain was on the verge of falling into the Nazi hands and regime, and yet, Churchill and his charisma at that very moment prevented the catastrophy The is not much politics although one might expect a huge portion of it opening a book in which Winston Churchill is the dominating figure The book is about the spirit that kept the British carrying on during the omnipresent threat of invasion Personally I found the family accounts and the ways Mr Churchill sought to involve the USA in the war fascinating The PM was aware of the importance of aid that could be delivered over the Atlantic The Splendid and the Vile does not focus on the British Isles alone but presents the Nazi perseverance in attempting to conquer them as well A truly highly recommended book of defiance that led to the liberation of Europe in the later years of WW2