The Splendid And The Vile : A Saga Of Churchill, Family, And Defiance During The Blitz

The Splendid And The Vile : A Saga Of Churchill, Family, And Defiance During The Blitz

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Summary: Erik Larson delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, 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 the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally -- and willing to fight to the end. In this book, 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....  more »
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Edition Statement :

First edition.

Content :

Bleak expectations -- The rising threat -- A certain eventuality -- Dread -- Blood and dust -- The Americans -- Love amid the flames -- One year to the day.

Publication, Distribution, etc. :

New York : Crown, [2020]

ISBN :

0385348711

Physical Description :

xii, 585 pages : map ; 25 cm

Notes :
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 547-554) and index.
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