Erik Larson is a writer, journalist and novelist. Nominated for a Pulitzer prize for investigative journalism on The Wall Street Journal, he has taught non-fiction writing at San Francisco State and Johns Hopkins.
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'If you want to look back at a really important part of history
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'Fresh, fast and deeply moving ... Larson's deft portraits show
the essential connection that words created between the powerful
and the powerless, capturing the moments that defined life for
millions struggling to survive the decisions of a few'
New York Times Book Review
'There are countless books about World War II, but there's only
one Erik Larson ... There are many things to admire about The
Splendid and the Vile, but chief among them is Larson's
electric writing. The book reads like a novel, and even though
everyone (hopefully) knows how the war ultimately ended, he keeps
the reader turning the pages with his gripping prose.'
'A particularly gripping read, written with bounce and brio.
Larson pulls together vivid vignettes - some moving, some amusing,
a few grim ... A fine writer of narrative nonfiction history.'
Robbie Millen, Times
'This book is peppered with eye-popping details ... A deeply
compelling work of history ... Without resorting to heroism, it
makes one long powerfully for real leadership'
'I have an early copy of this book on my desk and idly began
reading the first pages-and suddenly time disappeared.'
'Larson's skill at integrating vast research and talent for
capturing compelling human dramas culminate in an inspirational
portrait of one of history's finest, most fearless leaders'
Booklist (starred review)
'A captivating history of Churchill's heroic year, with more than the usual emphasis on his intimates.'
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)