The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Historian extraordinaire Erik Larson is back with his latest work, The Splendid and The Vile.
Larson is one of the prominent historians of our time, always weaving a fascinating historical event with deft personal touch and writing that is informative and well-researched, but accessible and entertaining.
The Splendid and The Vile is the latest addition to Larson’s cannon, focusing on Winston Churchill’s earliest days as Prime Minister during World War II. However, this is more than just a wartime biography of Churchill. Rather, Larson focuses on the effect Churchill had on the citizens of his country. At a time when they needed leadership, Churchill provided a voice (literally, over the radio) that unified his country to resist the Nazi agenda and to organize and fight back against an entity that threatened their existence.
Larson describes an ‘energy’ that seemed to course through the British people after Churchill would speak over the radio, and included in the narrative are accounts of British citizens who were impacted by this ‘energy’. Churchill’s messages brought unity and strength to his people when they needed it most, playing a crucial role in Britain’s national identity and ability to participate in the effort against Hitler’s propaganda and military might.
Review by Joel
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