Larson’s Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz
Erik Larson

Dad lit. Read right when the pandemic was at its worst in NYC – the park completely empty on my late night runs, the sirens, constant. It was interesting to read a book on the Blitz and Churchill at a time when NYC was going through such a profound crisis. Of course, one thing Larson focuses on in the book is the way Londoners carried on so much of their regular lives, even in the face of such danger. Not so NYC in March and April, 2020.

The intro to the book is also interesting as it warns that it will portray Churchill in a light unfamiliar to many. It goes on to show his eccentric side, but not his long history of racism and monumental mistakes. The Churchill you get here is not nuanced, perhaps a bit more personalized than just the hero of the Blitz, but not the deeply flawed and complex man he actually was.

Still and all and enjoyable book if this is your kind of thing,

Recommended for the enthusiast.

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