The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz / Erik Larson
Book | Crown, an imprint of Random House | 2020 | First edition.
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Edition
First edition.
Description
xii, 585 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 547-554) and index.
Contents
BLEAK EXPECTATIONS
PART ONE: THE RISING THREAT
PART TWO: A CERTAIN EVENTUALITY
PART THREE: DREAD
PART FOUR: BLOOD AND DUST
PART FIVE: THE AMERICANS
PART SIX: LOVE AMID THE FLAMES
PART SEVEN: ONE YEAR TO THE DAY
EPILOGUE: AS TIME WENT BY
Summary
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 toegther 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 was 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 those closest to him: 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 perserverance bound a country, and a family, together.
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