About the Book
In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson gives a new and brilliantly cinematic account of how Britain’s most iconic leader set about unifying the nation at its most vulnerable moment, and teaching ‘the art of being fearless.
Weaving through air raids and diving behind closed doors, #1 New York times bestselling author Erik Larson gives a new, intimate vision of Churchill as a fledgling prime minister facing the most desperate of challenges-from his first day, when the Nazis invaded Holland and Belgium, through the next twelve moths as Hitler's relentless bombing campaign killed 45,000 Britons and destroyed two million homes.
As war bore down, Larson steers us through the extraordinary day-to-day of Churchill's life, showing what that tumult meant within his family. We see the strain for Churchill's wife, Clementine, and the frustration for their daughters, Sarah, Diana and Mary, We follow Churchill's son Randolph, his beautiful, unhappy wife Pamela and her illicit lover - a dashing American emissary. Larson also lurks in the meetings of Churchill's cadre of close advisors- the 'Secret Circle' - to observe his dangerously observant private secretary, John Colville; the newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick Lindemann, nicknamed 'the Prof'.
An enthralling story told afresh, The Splendid and the Vile takes readers back to a time of true leadership, when- in the face of unrelenting horror- eloquence, strategic brilliance and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.
Erik Larson is the author of five bestsellers, including The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, which have collectively sold more than 6.5 million copies. His books have been published in seventeen countries.
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