The Splendid and the Vile

A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
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Author(s): Erik Larson
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Feb 25, 2020
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Product Number: Z100152867
Released: Feb 25, 2020
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ISBN: #9780593167182
Narrator/s: John Lee, Erik Larson
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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 NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2020 BY The Washington Post HuffPost The Seattle Times Lit Hub The Week PopSugar On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Adolf 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 his 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 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 perseverance bound a country, and a family, together. This audiobook includes a recording of Winston Churchill's 1941 Christmas Eve speech.

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Author(s): Erik Larson
Narrator(s): John Lee, Erik Larson
Product Number DD48798
Released: Feb 25, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780593167168
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Author(s): Erik Larson
Product Number EB00762353
Released: Feb 25, 2020
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ISBN: #9780385348720

Professional reviews

"We all know the outcome, but listeners will still be on the edge of their seats while listening to John Lee's superb narration of Winston Churchill's first year as Britain's prime minister, 1940-41. With a German invasion expected at any moment, this was the most perilous year in Britain's history, the year of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and the Blitz. As he's done so expertly in bestsellers like IN THE GARDEN OF THE BEASTS, Larsen re-creates the atmosphere of the time, drawing not just on Churchill, but also on his family and subordinates, as well as a mosaic of contemporary accounts. Larson delivers the introduction and does a fine job, but Lee brings the polish and expressiveness of a gifted narrator--one who performs a perfectly credible Churchill voice. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"

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