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DOWNLOAD ¾ The Splendid and the Vile ↠ 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 ChurchilCret 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. 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 EuropeThroughout 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was stunning What was this year like for Winston Churchill and those close to him Larson uses diaries letters and other historical documents to reconstruct this time for him his family aides and other government figures While Winston determined the fate of his country his eighteen year old daughter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

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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. 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

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The Splendid and the VileE 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 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