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The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the blitz / Erik Larson.

Larson, Erik, 1954- (author,, narrator.). Lee, John Rafter, (narrator.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 940.542 L329s 14 CDs (Text) 33062009282303 Audio Book CD Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593167168
  • ISBN: 0593167163
  • Physical Description: 14 audio discs (18 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Random House, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Compact discs.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by John Lee, with a note read by the author.
Summary, etc.:
On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, 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 rage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally - and willing to fight to the end. 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; 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 experiences of Churchill and those closest to him: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisors in Churchill's "Secret Circle," to whom he turns in the hardest moments. This book takes listeners out of today's political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when - in the face of unrelenting horror - Churchill's eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.
Subject: Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
Prime ministers > Great Britain > Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 > Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 > Social aspects > Great Britain.
Genre: Audiobooks.
Biographies.

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