The Splendid And The Vile by Erik Larson

The Splendid and the Vile

I’m not crazy about this title but, I am head over heels over this non-fiction history book by Erik Larson. To tell you the truth I would read even a grocery list if it was written by Larson.

Larson has tackled Winston Churchill’s first year as prime minister in THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE.  What a year it was. On his first day as prime minister , Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium.  And for the next twelve months,  Hitler waged war by bombarding Britain with a relentless bombing campaign.  An entire year of it.  I took pause upon learning this. I had to go back and make sure it was truly a year. Yes indeed. Then I wondered, could the United States come back from something as ruthless as this? Churchill led his people through and taught them the art of being fearless.  Throughout this period Larson shows us behind the scenes in Churchill’s personal life as well.

My husband and I have been engrossed with The Crown on TV for the past year or so. I have especially found myself intrigued by Churchill and his time in office as well as his entire family.  Now with this in depth book that truly does read like a novel, I am finally getting into the meat of the story. It’s a real keeper for your library.

This history book follows perfectly on the coattails of

Lady Clementine

LADY CLEMENTINE by Marie Benedict. So for those of you who are still thirsty for more about this family, well, here it is and then some. Enjoy!

We have copies of both books at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda. We’d love to put them in your greedy reading hands. And they are discounted at 20% off.

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