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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance… (2020)

– tekijä: Erik Larson

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"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 On 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 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the 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 cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick 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, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."--… (lisätietoja)
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This book does a great job detailing Winston Churchill's first year as Prime Minster, which came right as WWII started and the Nazis launched their blitz against the United Kingdom. The book is full of fascinating anecdotes and stories that discuss the political and the personal. It includes information from Churchill, FDR, Churchill's family and friends, British officials, German officials, and perspectives from ordinary people in England. That combines to make for a unique and detailed look at these times.

As an American, the book gave me additional insight into the relationship between the US and Great Britain. The book goes in-depth to show Churchill's lobbying of FDR to support the United Kingdom and enter the war, as well as the different considerations that made FDR hesitant to do so.

The book doesn't shy away from presenting the different quirks, flaws, mistakes, and difficult traits of Churchill and others. But it also doesn't hold back in its praise for their positive traits and successes. All in all, it's an in-depth, thoroughly researched, and even-handed look at a crucial part in British, American, and world history. ( )
  bentleymitchell | Aug 27, 2021 |
There are literally thousands of books about Churchill. Erik Larson’s unique selling point seems to be his focus on Churchill’s family life, and in particular his weekends away from London during the Blitz. For me, this worked. It’s a compelling story, very well told, and though I thought I knew quite a bit about the period there is much that I didn’t know. Normally we are presented with a rather simple story of World War II: first the Germans were winning, then the Allies. But it was more complicated than that, with many false starts. For example, Churchill thought that the tide of battle had turned in North Africa — and then Rommel came along. And I was not aware of how ineffective the RAF and its legendary Fighter Command was at the beginning of the Blitz. The Luftwaffe, for all it ineptness, did surprisingly well. A very readable account of what must count as the worst year of the last century. ( )
  ericlee | Aug 23, 2021 |
Excellent history of England during WW2. ( )
  lynngood2 | Aug 14, 2021 |
Larson delivered again with a targeted view of Churchill and his role in England's survival of the blitz and invasion. Policy, politics and politicians, his cabinet and family. ( )
  Bibliofemmes | Aug 10, 2021 |
This book tells the story of Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister, which was the first year of World War II. Succeeds admirably in capturing the feelings and the mood of the time, often by quoting from a vast range of diarists, including his family, key members of his government like Lord Beaverbrook, and some of the American representatives who were so important in helping to persuade Roosevelt that he could trust Churchill and that America should support England and then come into the war.

Highly recommended. ( )
  Matt_B | Aug 5, 2021 |
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"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 On 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 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the 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 cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick 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, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."--

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