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Book Review The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile

Spectacular. I love Erik Larson’s writing and although my favorite is still Devil in the White City, The Splendid and the Vile was remarkable.

I listened to this book on Audible and I recommend it for that….it is a very detail oriented story of Winston Churchill’s life and leadership during WWII and for me, the perfect kind of story to be performed on Audible.

This book could easily have been called Churchill Myth and Legend. I learned so much about this remarkable man; his idiosyncrasies, brilliant mind, clever strategies, courageous leadership and remarkable oratory abilities – all strengths that helped him keep England out of the German’s hands. The entire world owes much to Winston Churchill still today.

Listening to this book during the Covid-19 outbreak I found so many parallels to the current world crisis. Two different kinds of war. I kept coming back to the fact that wars can often be won by sheer will…but only if a true leader can keep the spirits of the nation high through courageous oratory and patriotism…none of which I see from the leader of the USA.

The Splendid and the Vile is astonishing in its scope, extraordinary in its historic detail and noteworthy in its ability to bring Churchill right into your living room.

*****Five stars for The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

Read last week’s review of Motherless Brooklyn

My current read American Dirt

Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile
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  • Reply Debra Sidor Tanner

    So glad you liked it Laureen! I thought it was an extraordinary book….

    April 22, 2020 at 8:10 am
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