The Splendid and the Vile

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Adult , Biography , Nonfiction

The Splendid and the Vile

Title: The Splendid and the Vile
By: Erik Larson
Published: 2020
Call #: 940.542121 Larso.E

Riveting historical drama told by one of our nonfiction masters! Larson selected the first year (May 1940 – May 1941) of Churchill’s residence at 10 Downing Street to share in great detail his leadership and life as he set up the plan for winning WWII. Shows how critical brilliant leadership at the top is during a nation’s life or death struggle. Not a comprehensive overview of the war, but a laser focused book intent on sharing what must it have been like to live through the Blitz as the Prime Minister. I read this out loud to my husband during the first few weeks of IL’s Stay at Home order and it was apropos and thrilling both.



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