Author: Cressida Connolly


WWII Fiction/Nonfiction Trio

July 9, 2020 Uncategorized 8 ★★★★

WWII Fiction/Nonfiction TrioTitle: The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Author: Erik Larson
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As Larson himself notes in the intro to¬†The Splendid and the Vile, a lot has been written on Churchill already. Do we really need more? Maybe not, but if Eric Larson is the one doing the writing, I definitely want more. This look at a year in the life of Churchill and his family was exactly what I expect from Larson. The writing was engaging and included lots of dialogue, all from well cited, primary sources. The text itself is almost completely without citations, including for claims about motivations that I considered quite important. The story seamlessly weaves together intimate personal stories and global, historical events. I thought the personal elements were the strongest yet in any of his books though. Spending just over 500 pages on a single year meant we could really get to know people. As a result, this just edges out Devil in the White City as my favorite of Larson’s books. Read more »