Bookmarks presents Erik Larson
Join us to hear about The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, the latest book from Erik Larson.
Tickets will be available to members of Bookmarks' Signed First Editions Club on January 6, 2020. Members will also have access to an exclusive signing line with the option to bring books from home to be signed. Click here to learn more about the Signed First Editions Club.
Tickets will be available to the public on January 13, 2020.
All tickets include a copy of The Splendid and the Vile, but only members of Signed First Editions Club will be able to get their books personalized.
Erik Larson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake, delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz.
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 45,000 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 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 advisers in Churchill's "Secret Circle," to whom he turns in the hardest moments.
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis
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