Book Cover of The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larsonby Erik Larson 

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf 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 wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end. 

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.”

Interview with the Author

Speaking of Writers
Erik Larson – The Splendid and The Vile
4/17/20        14 min

The Book Show
#1649: Erik Larson’s “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz”
2/27/20         31 min

The B&N Podcast
Erik Larson on the Splendid and the Vile
2/25/20          28 min


Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Erik Larson on How Winston Churchill Still Shows Us True Leadership During Political Turmoil
2/20/20          64 min

Books on Pod with Trey Elling
#46 – Erik Larson on THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE
4/28/20          37 min

Books Connect Us
Erik Larson (THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE) on Winston Churchill, The Blitz, and society showing bravery in the face of great horrors
4/8/20          24 min


Midtown Scholar Bookstore: Crowdcast Author Talk with ERIK LARSON, The Splendid and the Vile

63 min

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