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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz Paperback – 3 March 2020

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 608 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0008274975
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0008274979
  • Customer reviews:
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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'If you want to look back at a really important part of history with fresh eyes, this is the book for you ... Gripping and wonderful' Alan Carr 'An enthralling page-turner' O: The Oprah Magazine 'Fresh, fast and deeply moving ... Larson's deft portraits show the essential connection that words created between the powerful and the powerless, capturing the moments that defined life for millions struggling to survive the decisions of a few' New York Times Book Review 'There are countless books about World War II, but there's only one Erik Larson ... There are many things to admire about The Splendid and the Vile, but chief among them is Larson's electric writing. The book reads like a novel, and even though everyone (hopefully) knows how the war ultimately ended, he keeps the reader turning the pages with his gripping prose.' NPR 'A particularly gripping read, written with bounce and brio. Larson pulls together vivid vignettes - some moving, some amusing, a few grim ... A fine writer of narrative nonfiction history.' Robbie Millen, Times 'This book is peppered with eye-popping details ... A deeply compelling work of history ... Without resorting to heroism, it makes one long powerfully for real leadership' Lit Hub 'I have an early copy of this book on my desk and idly began reading the first pages-and suddenly time disappeared.' Seattle Times 'Larson's skill at integrating vast research and talent for capturing compelling human dramas culminate in an inspirational portrait of one of history's finest, most fearless leaders' Booklist (starred review) 'A captivating history of Churchill's heroic year, with more than the usual emphasis on his intimates.' Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 'Nonfiction king Erik Larson is back.' PopSugar

About the Author

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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