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The Resource The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz, Erik Larson

The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz, Erik Larson

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The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz
Title
The splendid and the vile
Title remainder
a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz
Statement of responsibility
Erik Larson
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Language
eng
Summary
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 The Splendid and the Vile, Erik 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. 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 cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick Lindemann. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today's political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when-in the face of unrelenting horror-Churchill's eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
TOH
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1954-
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Larson, Erik
Dewey number
940.54/2121
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
DA566.9.C5
LC item number
L326 2020b
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Prime ministers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
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The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz, Erik Larson
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1129180345
Dimensions
  • map
  • 24 cm
Extent
xiii, 1015 pages (large print) :
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780593172070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Physical support
rda
System control number
(OCoLC)1129180345
Label
The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz, Erik Larson
Publication
Note
Title from web page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1129180345
Dimensions
  • map
  • 24 cm
Extent
xiii, 1015 pages (large print) :
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780593172070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Physical support
rda
System control number
(OCoLC)1129180345

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