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E Erik Larson shows 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 Cheuers; 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 se This was fascinating thrilling and filled with those go team moments Britain and the world VS Hitler I took my time to read this history filled book It was part memoir of Winston Churchill's first year as Prime Minister of Britain during WWII I read lots of WWII fictional novels BUT this author brought the battle front and center behind the scenes and was almost impossible to put downI loved learning about Churchill and his circle He was uite a fascinating and courageous leaderWe learn about his private conversations the secret operations with code names that were planned to stop Hitler Spies and prisoner conversations the yellow boxes that held communications for Churchill onlyThe British people were also courageous and very confident in their leader Loved how they kept their spirits high and just lived their best lives every day even through the heartbreak and struggles What a moment in our time to read how they handled thisA few other highlights The targeting and scares at Windsor Palace how it was to live through screaming air raids and bomber moons a baby born during a raid personal letters and thoughts on the war uoted diary entries and MUCH MOREIf you enjoy WWII history historical memoirs I'd highly recommend this one  So much research went into this I'm in aweI bought this after reading my GR friends reviews so Thank you Friends How To Fart - Louder, Longer, and Stronger...without soiling your undies! Also learn how to fart on command, fart more often, and increase the smell. 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 se This was fascinating thrilling and filled with those go team moments Britain and the world VS Hitler I took my time to BITE (A Mate Of His Own read this history filled book It was part memoir of Winston Churchill's first year as Prime Minister of Britain during WWII I Home Alone read lots of WWII fictional novels BUT this author brought the battle front and center behind the scenes and was almost impossible to put downI loved learning about Churchill and his circle He was uite a fascinating and courageous leaderWe learn about his private conversations the secret operations with code names that were planned to stop Hitler Spies and prisoner conversations the yellow boxes that held communications for Churchill onlyThe British people were also courageous and very confident in their leader Loved how they kept their spirits high and just lived their best lives every day even through the heartbreak and struggles What a moment in our time to Dr. Grass read how they handled thisA few other highlights The targeting and scares at Windsor Palace how it was to live through screaming air Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, raids and bomber moons a baby born during a God's Hammer raid personal letters and thoughts on the war uoted diary entries and MUCH MOREIf you enjoy WWII history historical memoirs I'd highly Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One recommend this one  So much Six-Moon Trail research went into this I'm in aweI bought this after Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas reading my GR friends The Harlem Hellfighters reviews so Thank you Friends

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Cret 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 moment I have read several books by Eric Larson but “ Devil In The White City” was always my favorite but after reading “The Splendid And The Vile” this one is a tie for me with the above bookI have never read another author who can make learning about history engaging and easily readable It was a bit hard to read in part because of the pandemic we are still struggling with However it was such a story of human strength determination and victory that I found it uplifting I had never researched Winston Churchill in the past and knew him only by brief articles about him or short films In reading an article by the author I found that after he visited New York he suddenly understood how New Yorkers felt about 911 it was an attack on their home city that none of us living elsewhere could truly understand He then began to think of London and “the aerial assault of 1940 41 in which they endured 57 consecutive nights of bombing followed by an intensifying series of nighttime raids over the next six months”It was then that he decided to write this book and focus on Churchill’s 1st year as prime minister and what it must have felt like to have his city invaded from the sea and sky “This was the year that Churchill became Churchill the cigar smoking bulldog we all think we know when he made his greatest speeches and showed the world what courage and leadership looked like” Wow what an incredible achievement of research and smooth flowing prose this book is I learned about what Churchill’s family life was like and how much they struggled There are also many characters ordinary citizens and what it was like for them to know that when nighttime came the bombing would start again Reading this book transported me to England and showed me what a unifying leader Mr Churchill was how much the populace loved him and how he walked among the ruins and wept openly He showed by his actions that he was right there in the battle with his countrymen and kept them inspired and motivated to continue the fightThis book is as easy to read as fiction but is so educational I think it should be a strongly suggested read for high school students To look at the war from the UK’s point of view and learn what can be achieved by fighting on in spite of the terrible odds they facedThere has been so much written about this book but truly this is one of the top 10 books I have read this year simply amazingI received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley Portfolio Management Formula: Mathematical Trading Methods for the Futures, Options and Stock Markets reports some I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools released only Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, 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; 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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 45000 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 endIn The Splendid and the Vil A terrific account of the 'darkest hour' from the perspective of the Churchills Mr Larson has a special talent which allows him to engage a reader and leave them satisfied like myself This non fiction is about the times when Great Britain was on the verge of falling into the Nazi hands and regime and yet Churchill and his charisma at that very moment prevented the catastrophy The is not much politics although one might expect a huge portion of it opening a book in which Winston Churchill is the dominating figure The book is about the spirit that kept the British carrying on during the omnipresent threat of invasion Personally I found the family accounts and the ways Mr Churchill sought to involve the USA in the war fascinating The PM was aware of the importance of aid that could be delivered over the Atlantic 'The Splendid and the Vile' does not focus on the British Isles alone but presents the Nazi perseverance in attempting to conuer them as well A truly highly recommended book of defiance that led to the liberation of Europe in the later years of WW2 Historic Hahns Peak relentless bombing campaign killing 45000 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 endIn The Splendid and the Vil A terrific account of the 'darkest hour' from the perspective of the Churchills Mr Larson has a special talent which allows him to engage a Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery reader and leave them satisfied like myself This non fiction is about the times when Great Britain was on the verge of falling into the Nazi hands and Zombie CSU regime and yet Churchill and his charisma at that very moment prevented the catastrophy The is not much politics although one might expect a huge portion of it opening a book in which Winston Churchill is the dominating figure The book is about the spirit that kept the British carrying on during the omnipresent threat of invasion Personally I found the family accounts and the ways Mr Churchill sought to involve the USA in the war fascinating The PM was aware of the importance of aid that could be delivered over the Atlantic 'The Splendid and the Vile' does not focus on the British Isles alone but presents the Nazi perseverance in attempting to conuer them as well A truly highly Conquerors recommended book of defiance that led to the liberation of Europe in the later years of WW2


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  1. says:

    Erik Larson is my favorite author of nonfiction He writes books that just grab me as well as always teaching me something new Looking back on Churchill it’s easy to assume he was always loved and admired But that’s not the case He had many detractors on both sides of the pond Larson does a wonderful job of giving us a flesh and blood Churchill kimonos and all His strength lay in being able to give the English hope and a willingness to fight on After his moving speech about fighting on and never surrendering he turns to a colleague and says “andwe will fight them with the butt end of broken bottles because that’s bloody well all we’ve got”While Churchill provides the locus of the story it is much all encompassing We learn exactly what England was up against in that first year of war It’s the details that he gives us that stick with me On the first massive bombing of London it’s the “dust from the age of Cromwell Dickens and Victoria” that rains down on everyone and covers everything His choice of uotes are always striking It’s the perfect blend of the monumental facts and the minute detail so that you have a complete picture I came away with a much better understanding of what the Battle of Britain was all about I had not understood how much of England not just London was subjected to the horrendous bombing And it put me in awe of the English ability to withstand such horror My thanks to netgalley and Crown Publishing for an advance copy of this book


  2. says:

    What a poignant read for the times we are in as the world is fighting a different type of war without the guns and bombs and those in government must make the tough decisions to keep us safe A few Winston Churchills wouldn’t go amiss in heading the Governments of today Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few Sir Winston Churchill I have always had a gra for Winston Churchill and was excited when I heard that Erik Larson was writing a book portraying London during the Blitz and focusing on Churchill and his family and friends I listened to this one on audible and while it’s extremely well narrated it is not my favorite way to read non fiction and history as I am always wondering if the hard copy had maps or photographs that I may be missing out onThis is extremely well researched and written account and takes you right into those air shelters in London and the terror and fear that the majority of British folk faced during the war I leaned so many facts and figures concerning the battle to save Britain and the early years of the war I loved this take on Winston Churchill where his confidence leadership and eccentricities shine through When a country is facing the challenge of War a leader like Churchill is a necessity and Britain certainly had a leader who was fearless and could make the tough decisions needed at the time I enjoyed reading about Rudolf Hess’s trip to Scotland and about the negotiations between Churchill and RooseveltChurchill’s daughter Mary brings a fresh and young vide to the book as we see her excitement and fun loving escapades through snippets from her teenage to adult diaries to where she commands an anti aircraft battery as a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service I enjoyed reading about Churchill’s eccentric nature and what made him tick and his love for his cat I adored his uirky nature and his ability to not give a toss what people thought of him And of course Clementine who was not only a wife and mother but Churchill’s close advisor and confident vetting his speeches smoothing over his faux pas whenever he made themA terrific look back in history and a book I throughly enjoyed and I think readers interested in World War II and the battle of Britain might well enjoy this one


  3. says:

    A terrific account of the 'darkest hour' from the perspective of the Churchills Mr Larson has a special talent which allows him to engage a reader and leave them satisfied like myself This non fiction is about the times when Great Britain was on the verge of falling into the Nazi hands and regime and yet Churchill and his charisma at that very moment prevented the catastrophy The is not much politics although one might expect a huge portion of it opening a book in which Winston Churchill is the dominating figure The book is about the spirit that kept the British carrying on during the omnipresent threat of invasion Personally I found the family accounts and the ways Mr Churchill sought to involve the USA in the war fascinating The PM was aware of the importance of aid that could be delivered over the Atlantic 'The Splendid and the Vile' does not focus on the British Isles alone but presents the Nazi perseverance in attempting to conuer them as well A truly highly recommended book of defiance that led to the liberation of Europe in the later years of WW2


  4. says:

    Few authors are as gifted writing ‘non fiction’ that reads like ‘fiction’ as Erik Larson does With tenacity and sensitivity Larson gives us an compelling account of history by humanizing the facts with the interesting array of characters Larson masterfully reimagines the “The Blitz and the Battle of Britain” bombs dropping German invasion in uniuely human terms filled with personal and political dramatragedies of war love family friends colleagues infidelity divorce and relationship frictions were harrowingThe result of Larson’s non fiction storytelling craftingfollowing Winston Churchill‘s first year as Prime Minister is a spectacular page turning book5 very strong stars I had heard it was excellent I was simply waiting for my ‘library turn’ “Human beings are so stupid” from Churchill’s journal His observations were not wrong And?Is this history tale relevant to today’s current events? You betchaErik Larson can’t ‘do’ uninteresting books Blessings to all


  5. says:

    This was fascinating thrilling and filled with those go team moments Britain and the world VS Hitler I took my time to read this history filled book It was part memoir of Winston Churchill's first year as Prime Minister of Britain during WWII I read lots of WWII fictional novels BUT this author brought the battle front and center behind the scenes and was almost impossible to put downI loved learning about Churchill and his circle He was uite a fascinating and courageous leaderWe learn about his private conversations the secret operations with code names that were planned to stop Hitler Spies and prisoner conversations the yellow boxes that held communications for Churchill onlyThe British people were also courageous and very confident in their leader Loved how they kept their spirits high and just lived their best lives every day even through the heartbreak and struggles What a moment in our time to read how they handled thisA few other highlights The targeting and scares at Windsor Palace how it was to live through screaming air raids and bomber moons a baby born during a raid personal letters and thoughts on the war uoted diary entries and MUCH MOREIf you enjoy WWII history historical memoirs I'd highly recommend this one  So much research went into this I'm in aweI bought this after reading my GR friends reviews so Thank you Friends


  6. says:

    This is splendid intense emotional perfectly crafted and so far one of the best nonfictions I’ve read The author’s fantastic talented writing hooks you from the beginning and you see so many similarities about the portrait of Churchill has been adapted into Joe Wright’s movie Darkest Hour which has been brought Gary Oldman an Oscar statuette We learned so much about Battle of Britain and how British folks’ destiny has been sealed by a powerful and fearless leader’s smart tactics and powerful political moves It was like a high tension fast forwarded chess game but unfortunately not only the pawns at risk the entire country’s faith has been depended on great mind’s risky but also determined actions Especially reading the negotiation parts between Churchill and Roosevelt was illuminating and informative I also enjoy Churchill’s intimate relationship with his family members his adorable cat his eccentric uirky nature Clementine was not only his wife but also another greatest mind and strategist to help him look at the facts from other perspectives and of his daughter Mary was joyful lovely character takes our minds from the war strategies and remind us the beauty of being young and hopefulOverall it’s informative phenomenal action packed controversial breath taking reading with its well crafted and perfectly portrayed characters that highly recommend to all readers who know the real taste of amazing writingbloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  7. says:

    “Never was there such a contrast of natural splendor and human vileness” John Colville’s diary entry about the peculiar beauty of watching bombs fall over the city What better time than during a pandemic to read about the unrelenting courage of a people during one of the darkest periods of history? During the Blitz Londoners endured fifty seven consecutive nights of bombing Tens of thousands of people died How did the people endure such a terrifying ordeal? What was it like living day after day knowing that during the night the bombs would rain down and you might be one of the many who would die?How did they endure? Churchill’s determination unrelenting optimism and elouent speeches encouraged the people and gave them hope He emboldened them to realize the part they played in this moment in history Amid the sheer terror of the relentless bombings Churchill was an extraordinary leader and a beacon of hope Churchill was a brilliant orator who never wavered in telling the people the hard truth but always followed it with optimism and an unwavering conviction that England would prevail His courage was inspiring and his is a picture of true leadership But he was also a man who had his flaws uirks and idiosyncrasies There was opposition to appointing him as Prime Minister but at this particular moment in history he was the right man for the job and he got it right Covering Winston Churchill’s first year in office between May 1940 and May 1941 Larson known for his exhaustive research used personal journals archival documents and intelligence reports Through these we learn of the everyday lives of ordinary citizens as well as those of Churchill his family and the people closest to him No family is perfect including Churchill’s The stories of his wife Clementine his daughter Mary who ended up being one of my favorite characters his son Randall and daughter in law Pamela provided much of the human interest stories making this such a readable book Though the subject is grim there’s no shortage of humorous storiesPlenty of books have been written about WWII and The Blitz but only Erik Larson can tell it in an original way that makes history come alive I felt as if I lived this story with these characters It reads like a thrilling novel but every word every conversation is true and I wasn’t ready for the book to end Larson writes history for people who think they don’t like history This is a true gem don’t miss it I received a digital copy of the book via NetGalley All opinions are my own


  8. says:

    I have read several books by Eric Larson but “ Devil In The White City” was always my favorite but after reading “The Splendid And The Vile” this one is a tie for me with the above bookI have never read another author who can make learning about history engaging and easily readable It was a bit hard to read in part because of the pandemic we are still struggling with However it was such a story of human strength determination and victory that I found it uplifting I had never researched Winston Churchill in the past and knew him only by brief articles about him or short films In reading an article by the author I found that after he visited New York he suddenly understood how New Yorkers felt about 911 it was an attack on their home city that none of us living elsewhere could truly understand He then began to think of London and “the aerial assault of 1940 41 in which they endured 57 consecutive nights of bombing followed by an intensifying series of nighttime raids over the next six months”It was then that he decided to write this book and focus on Churchill’s 1st year as prime minister and what it must have felt like to have his city invaded from the sea and sky “This was the year that Churchill became Churchill the cigar smoking bulldog we all think we know when he made his greatest speeches and showed the world what courage and leadership looked like” Wow what an incredible achievement of research and smooth flowing prose this book is I learned about what Churchill’s family life was like and how much they struggled There are also many characters ordinary citizens and what it was like for them to know that when nighttime came the bombing would start again Reading this book transported me to England and showed me what a unifying leader Mr Churchill was how much the populace loved him and how he walked among the ruins and wept openly He showed by his actions that he was right there in the battle with his countrymen and kept them inspired and motivated to continue the fightThis book is as easy to read as fiction but is so educational I think it should be a strongly suggested read for high school students To look at the war from the UK’s point of view and learn what can be achieved by fighting on in spite of the terrible odds they facedThere has been so much written about this book but truly this is one of the top 10 books I have read this year simply amazingI received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley


  9. says:

    Publication day has finally arrived EnjoyBe sure to set aside plenty of time to work your way through this deep exploration of one year in the life of Churchill and those close to him It will reuire some patience but if you're not inclined to read the multi volume biographies about him this book is an effective distillation of the man as he navigated his first year as prime minister May 10 1940 through May 10 1941 was a pivotal year with the fate of England entirely uncertain and world domination by Hitler a frightening possibility We know now that everything eventually came out right but at the time that outcome was by no means a given German invasion by sea appeared likely Would England be under Nazi occupation like the rest of Europe?Throughout this year the English people were repeatedly traumatized by devastating bombing raids The death toll and destruction was stunning What was this year like for Winston Churchill and those close to him? Larson uses diaries letters and other historical documents to reconstruct this time for him his family aides and other government figures While Winston determined the fate of his country his eighteen year old daughter Mary was doing all the frivolous things wealthy young girls do war or no war Falling in love with the wrong boy going to dances and parties and visiting her friends in the countryside His son Randolph was doing what he always did racking up gambling debts and getting drunk John Colville Churchill's private secretary was suffering over unreuited love And of course Lord Beaverbrook tried to resign about a dozen times when all he really wanted was for Winston to beg him to stay onAs with any Churchill portrait his amusing idiosyncrasies and peccadilloes are on full display here He had to have two baths per day and the water had to be 98 degrees He had no body shame and shocked and embarrassed people with his full or partial nudity Late at night he put military marches on the gramophone and paraded up and down in his pale blue onesie toting his old rifleHe was a difficult man irascible demanding and moody But he was also tenderhearted forgiving and easily moved to tears I came away from this book with a feeling of relief that Churchill was the one at the helm when he was needed most This was the year that mattered and he had just the right combination of skills and personality traits to stay the course juggle strategies and maintain high morale among the citizens Hitler and Goring and Goebbels were repeatedly confounded by his unwillingness to surrender or sue for peace They thought if they just dropped enough bombs he would have to give in eventually They severely underestimated his resolve his resourcefulness and his patriotism KBO was his motto and KBO he did


  10. says:

    An airplain carrying Hitler Goebbels and Göring crashes all three are killed Who is saved? The German people joke in Berlin during the Blitz Londoner milkman going to workIn The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson guides us through the Blitz; the London bombings from 1940 to 1941 Larson uses intimate diaries as well as public documents to make this book amazingly well written fast deeply moving but also involuntary humorous at times The silver lining is Winston Churchill around whom we experience the political happenings But we also learn how the citizens in London experienced the bombings how it affected their private life and how they unconsciously lived up to our expectations of British humor It‘s the opposite of a dry account but extremely vivid The phenomenon Winston Churchill Winston ChruchillLarson did an excellent job at painting a very complex picture of Churchill‘s charakter which was uite surprising He wore pink silk underwear and his favorite place to work was in bed or in the bath tub where he freuently received guests He smoked big cigars liked to drink and was always broke On his first radio speech to the country everyone thought that he was drunk or having a heart attack simply because he refused to take the cigar out of his mouth He liked to drink lots of Champaign and managed to get extra food stamps and as much gasoline as he wanted to have some luxury and to entertain his guests When there was the worry that his cuban cigars might be poisoned by Nazis he handed them out to his friends and smoked them anyways hoping for good luck But he always had a machine gun in his car and a cyanid pill in his pocket in case the Germans would catch him But Churchill was also a master of words and held speeches that turned devastating facts into a high spirited and optimistic Britain willing to fight back even harder Joseph Goebbels poured out his frustrations in his diary “When will that creature Churchill finally surrender?” he complained “England cannot hold out forever” Churchill was stubborn and persuasive Every time he took to the airwaves it was as if he were injecting adrenaline soaked courage directly into the British people The ueen had a revolver in her pocket and learned how to shoot Cyanid pills were just a thing to have at hand because death was preferable than becoming a German prisoner But Churchills persuasion didn‘t end at Britains borders and swept over to Germany as well where listening to his speeches was handled as treasonLife during the Blitz Londoner going to the library Londoner lived a disturbingly normal life Those in the country were excitedly watching the planes flying their maneuver towards the city to return to a play of tennis two minutes later But also the Londoners enjoyed themselves went to parties and the cinemas still standing When Churchills daughter wanted to dance in a cafe but found it bombed she just went to a different place to dance through the night They just walked through the rubble to go to work the next day and returned in the afternoon to seek shelter Many people were living in hotels already and those who didn‘t showed up in the evening just wearing pajamas The hotel buildings were particularly rugged against bombing and the entire thing resembled much a pajama party After the bombings people wrote in their diaries that they felt indescribably happy and triumphant I’ve been bombed I kept saying to myself Many probably died they aknowledged But never in my whole life have I experienced such pure and flawless happiness The sex rates and affairs people engaged in exploded When the young women went away in the evening and the alarm rang they weren't allowed to go home until the clear in the morning which allowed them to spend the night with boys A big bombing rate is a good way to get into bed with somebody Young women were exited about having the opportunity to easily get involved with older men as well and called it the most wonderful time when one was in the right place at the right time Everyone was very social and no one wanted to be alone which also included their beloved tea time The bombs fell the tea people drank particularly before and after the bombing Mickey Mouse gas maskThe technical problems were approached shockingly pragmatic While preparing for the first aerial attack on London the British Home Office estimated that “casket makers would need 20 million suare feet of ‘coffin wood’ an amount impossible to supply” They realized that they needed to bury thousands of neighbors strangers colleagues and children in cardboard or even paper depositing them in trenches five layers deep Children were euipped with Mickey Mouse gas masks that should be worn for at least thirty minutes a day to get used to them When children were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up they replied alive They couldn‘t predict the aftermath of the bombing though the smell of cordite after a detonation and the sound of glass being swept into piles As buildings erupted thunderheads of pulverized brick stone plaster and mortar billowed from eaves and attics roofs and chimneys hearths and furnaces “Dust from the age of Cromwell Dickens and Victoria”Churchill vs Roosevelt Smoke over LondonBut of course the book dives deep into the political conflict and it‘s details as well Churchill became prime minister the day Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium Roosevelt wasn‘t Churchill‘s biggest fan but Britain relied on America to intervene uickly which was the last thing they wanted to do What followed was a desperate struggle of negotiations The day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and America declared war Churchill went to bed with relieve and rebuild optimism Larson will guid you through the political details with skill to teach you what defined and influenced Britains position and Churchills decisionsI think this book is extremely enlightening and offering uniue insights into the Blitz while being very well written making it an absolute page turner During the Blitz 43000 civilians died and over one million buildings were destroyed without the intended effekt Churchill didn‘t give up or was willing to negotiate and the British war industry wasn‘t significantly weakened either What a pointless nightmare