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The Splendid and the Vile
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Erik Larson is the author of five national bestsellers: Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm, which have collectively sold more than nine million copies. His books have been published in nearly twenty countries.

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"An enthralling page-turner."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Through the remarkably skillful use of intimate diaries as well as public documents, some newly released, Larson has transformed the well-known record of 12 turbulent months, stretching from May of 1940 through May of 1941, into a book that is fresh, fast and deeply moving."--Candice Millard, The New York Times Book Review

"Fascinating . . . The entire book comes at the reader with breakneck speed. So much happened so quickly in those 12 months, yet Larson deftly weaves all the strands of his tale into a coherent and compelling whole."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "I have an early copy of this book on my desk and idly began reading the first pages--and suddenly time disappeared."--The Seattle Times "The popular historian Erik Larson has done it again. As I read this book, I kept wondering what the swelling of powerful emotion was that I felt, sometimes in an almost physical sense."--Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny, in Air Mail "Exquisitely researched. . . . Erik Larson weaves a fascinating yarn out of everything he turns his attention to, and his latest book--a terribly moving tale of Blitz London and Churchill's campaign to persuade the United States to enter the war--is no exception."--New York Post "Nonfiction king Erik Larson is back."--PopSugar "Spectacular . . . Larson, as America's most compelling popular historian, is at his best in this fast-moving, immensely readable, and even warmhearted account of the battle to save Britain."--The Christian Science Monitor "William Shakespeare once wrote, 'There is a history in all men's lives.' Certainly, this has been lived out in the remarkable writing career of Erik Larson. His dynamic ability to tell tales from deep within the dusty pages of history in a gripping and cinematic way has earned him wide acclaim. What sets his work apart is his signature way of using painstaking research through personal journals and historical records to spin a gripping nonfiction tale through the ordinary lives of the men and women who succeeded, failed, and perished as a result."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Splendid and the Vile delivers the great saga with a novelist's touch. It's like you're watching and hearing the days and nights of 1940 as a passenger on a double-decker London bus."--Chris Matthews, Churchill Bulletin "A propulsive, character-driven account of Winston Churchill's first year as British prime minister . . . Readers will rejoice."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "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)

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