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

ISBN: 0385348711

ISBN13: 9780385348713

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 crisis

"One of Erik Larson's] best books yet . . . perfectly timed for the moment."--Time - "A bravura performance by one of America's greatest storytellers."--NPR...

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4 ratings

Simply unputdownable!

All I could ever want to know about what went on in London before, during, and after The Blitz. Reading about Churchill's handling of WWII before America joined the fight was fabulous. It was as close to being there as possible, 82 years later.

History is safe in the hands of Erik Larson.

The more I learn about Winston Churchill, the more I want to know. Larson delivers, more than one could ask, Churchill's brilliant navigation of the most difficult times for England and the British people. The blitz-bombing was horrific with all walks of life greatly impacted. Larson spares none as he walks us through what Churchill saw and faced as his beloved country was battered. Churchill not only led the British with extraordinary decisions, but further inspired each and every one to press into the fight. Larson shares that yes, Churchill was a great orator, but not a political one. Remember, too, Churchill said, "when going through hell...keep going." I recommend this to all interested in Churchill but also decency, truth, strength, authenticity, and good over evil.

Most entertaining reading

Mr. Larson's writing is akin to watching a movie. It is so compelling that you just have to keep reading. Also, the book is most informative, exposed many things of which I was not aware. I've always admired Mr. Churchill, now I appreciate him even more.

My first Erik Larson experience.

I guarantee it won't be my last. Historically sound and, at the same time, riveting. Finished it in 2 days between post-surgery naps.

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