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The Splendid and the Vile - Erik Larson

Keep calm and carry on. Those words spoken by the people of London during the air raid blitz of 1940 could certainly be of value today with the endless pounding of dire virus and political tidings.  Luckily, a great new book about Winston Churchill and how he handled that and related war crises during England’s darkest hour was just released last week and is a terrific antidote to displeasing about current events.  “The Splendid and the Vile” by Eric Larson, author of many excellent historical books, recounts how, as book blurb says, “how Churchill taught the British people the art of being fearless.” Such leadership was crucial to societies survival.  The book also recounts how Churchill’s family as well as the people of England lived under the terror of the early war years, and is nonfiction that reads like fiction.  For those of us inundated with the relentless drumbeat of negative news every day, try this to see how people reacted and lived under almost certainly more desperate circumstances.

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