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Leadership Apparently King George VI felt that Churchill had something that the country needed when he appointed him to replace Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the spring of 1940 Observers, at the time, felt Churchill was flamboyant, electric, wholly unpredictable and a questionable choice to be Prime Minister Larson s excellent non fiction account confirms that Churchill was all of that andBut most of all he was a leader who knew how to move a nation with the force of his pers Leadership Apparently King George VI felt that Churchill had something that the country needed when he appointed him to replace Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the spring of 1940 Observers, at the time, felt Churchill was flamboyant, electric, wholly unpredictable and a questionable choice to be Prime Minister Larson s excellent non fiction account confirms that Churchill was all of that andBut most of all he was a leader who knew how to move a nation with the force of his personality and stirring speeches I learned that Churchill often practiced certain phrases and references with family and friends before incorporating them into his speeches Larson provides a vivid account of Churchill s first year as Prime Minister when the Germans pounded the British with bombing night after night Churchill knew that the British could not hold out forever and Larson s account includes how Churchill wooed the United States to come to his country s aid first through the Lend Lease Act and then entry into the war itself after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.Highly recommend this wonderful addition to Churchill biographies 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 down.I loved learning about Churchill and his circle He was quite a fascinating, and courageous leader 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 down.I loved learning about Churchill and his circle He was quite a fascinating, and courageous leader.We 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 only.The 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 this A 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, quoted diary entries and MUCH MORE.If you enjoy WWII history historical memoirs, I d highly recommend this one So much research went into this, I m in awe.I bought this after reading my GR friends reviews so Thank you Friends @Download Pdf Ú The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz ì 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 , 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 Vile, 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, Chequers his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest and of courseDowning Street in London Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once secret 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 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(Secret Society Girl, to whom he turns in the hardest moments 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 uniquely human terms filled with personal and political drama tragedies of war, love, family, friends, colleagues, infidelity, d 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 uniquely human terms filled with personal and political drama tragedies of war, love, family, friends, colleagues, infidelity, divorce, and relationship frictions, were harrowing.The result of Larson s non fiction storytelling crafting following Winston Churchill s first year as Prime Minister , is a spectacular page turning book.5 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 betcha Erik Larson can t do uninteresting books Blessings to all Publication day has finally arrived Enjoy Be 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 require 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 Publication day has finally arrived Enjoy Be 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 require 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 unrequited 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 on.As 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 rifle.He 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 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 afte 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 eloquent 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, quirks, 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 stories.Plenty 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 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 book.I 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 W 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 book.I 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 9 11, 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 fight.This 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 faced.There has been so much written about this book but truly this is one of the top 10 books I have read this year, simply amazing I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley In the Sources and Acknowledgements section of this book, the author states I set out to hunt for the stories that often get left out of the massive biographies of Churchill, either because there s no time to tell them or because they seem too frivolous But it is in frivolity Churchill often revealed himself, the little moments that endeared him to his staff, despite the extreme demands he placed on all This is the kind of history that I like to read, social and political but not primarily In the Sources and Acknowledgements section of this book, the author states I set out to hunt for the stories that often get left out of the massive biographies of Churchill, either because there s no time to tell them or because they seem too frivolous But it is in frivolity Churchill often revealed himself, the little moments that endeared him to his staff, despite the extreme demands he placed on all This is the kind of history that I like to read, social and political but not primarily military The book covers the first year that Churchill was prime minister, from May 10, 1940 to May 10, 1941 During that time, the Luftwaffe was attempting to destroy the RAF and then it moved on to the bombing of London to destroy morale and keep England out of the war Churchill was also trying to convince the United States to provide aid and ultimately enter the war This was an uphill battle due to the strong isolationist leanings of many in America I loved the details about life at No 10 Downing Street and in England at large Citizens brought gas masks to church and began wearing small metal identity disks on bracelets, in case they got blown into unidentifiable pieces Civil defense pamphlets arrived in mailboxes, describing what to do if a Panzer tank appeared in the neighborhood The book gives insight into Churchill s decisions and his family life The Prime Minister also kept snippets of poems and biblical passages in a special keep handy file These snippets found their way into Churchill s speeches.A lot of information came from the diary of John Jock Colville, Churchill s 25 year old private secretary On one weekend visit to a country estate Colville saw a downed German bomber and then got his wish to witness from the terrace of the house an actual air battle among 20 German and British aircraft Colville and a companion saw planes shot down, pilots parachuting to the ground and bombs setting targets ablaze Then they played tennis I ve read a little about Churchill, but not nearly enough There are many really long biographies of Churchill, but this book gives a very interesting picture of him during this limited period When Churchill toured a bomb site, he was described as Tough, yes, but at times weeping openly, overcome by the devastation and the resilience of the crowd In one hand he held a large white handkerchief, with which he mopped his eyes and his other he grasped the handle of his walking stick It was said that he had the ability to transform the despondent misery of disaster into a grimly certain steppingstone to ultimate victory This book is entertaining, it s informative but not dry It made me want to learn , which is the best thing I can say about a history book I received a free copy of this book from the publisher 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 todayNever in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so fewSir Winston Churchill I have always had agrafor Winston Churchill and was excited when I heard that Erik Larson was writing a book portraying Lo 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 todayNever in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so fewSir Winston Churchill I have always had agrafor 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 on.This 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 Roosevelt.Churchill 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 quirky 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 them.A 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 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 i 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 conquer them as well A truly highly recommended book of defiance that led to the liberation of Europe in the later years of WW2