The Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2020-02-25
ISBN 10: 038534872X
ISBN 13: 9780385348720
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Splendid and the Vile Book Review:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis “One of [Erik Larson’s] best books yet . . . perfectly timed for the moment.”—Time • “A bravura performance by one of America’s greatest storytellers.”—NPR NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE EAST HAMPTON STAR AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • Vogue • NPR • The Washington Post • The Globe & Mail • Fortune • Bloomberg • New York Post • The New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • LibraryReads • PopMatters 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.” 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, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; 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 experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers 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.

Thunderstruck

Thunderstruck
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2006-10-24
ISBN 10: 0307351920
ISBN 13: 9780307351920
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thunderstruck Book Review:

A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.” In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder. With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

Dead Wake

Dead Wake
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2015-03-10
ISBN 10: 0553446754
ISBN 13: 9780553446753
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dead Wake Book Review:

#1 New York Times Bestseller From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

For the Love of Music

For the Love of Music
Author: John Mauceri
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 0525520651
ISBN 13: 9780525520658
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

For the Love of Music Book Review:

With a lifetime of experience, profound knowledge and understanding, and heartwarming appreciation, an internationally celebrated conductor and teacher answers the questions: Why should I listen to classical music? How can I get the most from the listening experience? A protégé of Leonard Bernstein--his colleague for eighteen years--and an eminent conductor who has toured and recorded all over the world, John Mauceri helps us to reap the joys and pleasures classical music has to offer. Briefly, we learn the way a musical tradition born in ancient Greece, embraced by the Roman Empire, and subsequently nurtured by influences from across the globe, gave shape to the classical music that came to be embraced by cultures from Japan to Bolivia. Then Mauceri examines the music itself, helping us understand what it is we hear when we listen to classical music: how, by a kind of sonic metaphor, it expresses the deepest recesses of human feeling and emotion; how each piece bears the traces of its history; how the concert experience--a unique one each and every time--allows us to discover music anew. Unpretentious, graceful, instructive, this is a book for the aficionado, the novice, and anyone looking to have the love of music fired within them.

Isaac s Storm

Isaac s Storm
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-10-19
ISBN 10: 0307874095
ISBN 13: 9780307874092
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Isaac s Storm Book Review:

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf. That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not. In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced. In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss. Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time.

Lethal Passage

Lethal Passage
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-07-27
ISBN 10: 0307803317
ISBN 13: 9780307803313
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lethal Passage Book Review:

This devastating book illuminates America's gun culture -- its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists -- but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. It begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day's end, he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another. In Lethal Passage Erik Larson shows us how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the eighties roar." The result is a book that can -- and should -- save lives, and that has already become an essential text in the gun-control debate. With a new afterword. "Touches on all aspects of the gun issue in this country. Gives great voice to that feeling...that something real must be done." --San Diego Union-Tribune "One of the most readable anti-gun treatises in years." --Washington Post Book World

In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Crown Pub
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 0307408841
ISBN 13: 9780307408846
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In the Garden of Beasts Book Review:

The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany William E. Dodd to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.

Somewhere in France Somewhere in Germany

Somewhere in France  Somewhere in Germany
Author: Francis P. Sempa
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 100
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 9780761856085
ISBN 13: 0761856080
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Somewhere in France Somewhere in Germany Book Review:

Francis P. Sempa tells the story of father's journey through the Second World War. Using letters, local newspaper articles, the 29th Division's After Action Reports, and books about the history of the 29th Division in World War II, Sempa traces his father's steps throughout battlefields of France and Germany.

The Lazy Historian s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII

The Lazy Historian s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII
Author: Jillianne Hamilton
Publsiher: Tomfoolery Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 0993987095
ISBN 13: 9780993987090
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lazy Historian s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII Book Review:

Winston Churchill and His Inner Circle

Winston Churchill and His Inner Circle
Author: Sir John Rupert Colville
Publsiher: Simon & Schuster
Total Pages: 287
Release: 1981
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: WISC:89003372737
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Winston Churchill and His Inner Circle Book Review:

Churchill's former private secretary records the political and private lives of Churchill and his relationships with his associates, with Roosevelt and other Americans, his political and military colleagues, his family, and his friends

Hero of the Empire

Hero of the Empire
Author: Candice Millard
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 0307948781
ISBN 13: 9780307948786
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hero of the Empire Book Review:

A thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War. Churchill arrived in South Africa in 1899, valet and crates of vintage wine in tow, there to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels. But just two weeks after his arrival Churchill was taken prisoner ... The story of his escape is incredible enough, but then Churchill enlisted, returned to South Africa, fought in several battles, and ultimately liberated the men with whom he had been imprisoned. Hero of Empire is more than an adventure story, for the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect twentieth-century history.

Summary of Erik Larson s The Splendid and the Vile

Summary of Erik Larson s The Splendid and the Vile
Author: Swift Reads
Publsiher: Swift Reads
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2021-02-26
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Erik Larson s The Splendid and the Vile Book Review:

Buy now to get the insights from Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile. Sample Insights: 1) In 1940, Adolf Hitler’s armies had invaded much of Europe, which led to a rebellion in the British House of Commons against the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Neville Chamberlain. 2) The rebels believed Chamberlain was not up to the task of leading his country during World War II. Chamberlain later resigned and Winston Churchill, the first lord of the Admiralty, took his place.

Lead from the Heart

Lead from the Heart
Author: Mark C. Crowley
Publsiher: BalboaPress
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2011-07-11
ISBN 10: 1452535418
ISBN 13: 9781452535418
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lead from the Heart Book Review:

Our common belief in business is that the heart has no place in workplace management. In fact, most of us were taught that the heart acts like Kryptonite in leadership: it inherently undermines a managers effectiveness and lowers productivity and profitability. In this stunning and groundbreaking work, however, engagement expert, Mark C. Crowley, provides irrefutable proof that we were wrong. Crowley begins by showing us how traditional leadership practices are failing. Across the globe, employee engagement and job satisfaction scores have fallen to crisis levels. According to astonishing research from Gallup, 70% of the US workforce is now disengaged. It once was that a job and a paycheck kept workers satisfied and productive. Today, pay barely makes the list of what inspires people to put their hearts into their work and contribute to their highest capacity. Right before our eyes, human beings have evolved in what they need and want in exchange for work. 21st Century employees are seeking to find purpose, meaning and feelings of significance. What drives their engagement is feeling valued, respected, developed and cared for. Crowleys profound insight draws upon recent medical science discoveries which prove its the heart, and not the mind, that drives human motivation and achievement. Theres nothing soft about Lead From The Heart. It represents the future of workplace management and a roadmap to driving uncommon engagement, productivity and profitability.

Night of the Assassins

Night of the Assassins
Author: Howard Blum
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2020-06-02
ISBN 10: 0062872915
ISBN 13: 9780062872913
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Night of the Assassins Book Review:

The New York Times bestselling author returns with a tale as riveting and suspenseful as any thriller: the true story of the Nazi plot to kill the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R. during World War II. The mission: to kill the three most important and heavily guarded men in the world. The assassins: a specially trained team headed by the killer known as The Most Dangerous Man in Europe. The stakes: nothing less than the future of the Western world. The year is 1943 and the three Allied leaders—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—are meeting for the first time at a top-secret conference in Tehran. But the Nazis have learned about the meeting and Hitler sees it as his last chance to turn the tide. Although the war is undoubtedly lost, the Germans believe that perhaps a new set of Allied leaders might be willing to make a more reasonable peace in its aftermath. And so a plan is devised—code name Operation Long Jump—to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin. Immediately, a highly trained, hand-picked team of Nazi commandos is assembled, trained, armed with special weapons, and parachuted into Iran. They have six days to complete the daring assignment before the statesmen will return home. With no margin for error and little time to spare, Mike Reilly, the head of FDR’s Secret Service detail—a man from a Montana silver mining town who describes himself as “an Irish cop with more muscle than brains”—must overcome his suspicions and instincts to work with a Soviet agent from the NKVD (the precursor to the KGB) to save the three most powerful men in the world. Filled with eight pages of black-and-white photographs, Night of the Assassins is a suspenseful true-life tale about an impossible mission, a ticking clock, and one man who stepped up to the challenge and prevented a world catastrophe.

Summary of The Splendid and the Vile

Summary of The Splendid and the Vile
Author: Alexander Cooper
Publsiher: BookSummaryGr
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2021-02-15
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9791220264136
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of The Splendid and the Vile Book Review:

Summary of The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson’s The Splendid and the Vile is a vivid account of the British experience of World War II from 1940 to 1941. It is filled with insight into the life of Winston Churchill, who led the British during a time of war and heartbreak. Adolf Hitler had broken France and turned his attention to the island nation, and Churchill was tasked with leading the nation and preserving the last free outpost of Hitler’s Europe. The tome is a detailed foray into the outstanding British leadership that prevailed against terrible odds, with over 500 pages of historical fact, dates, battles, heroics, diary entries, and international relations between allies and enemies. It covers events from the first week of May 1940 to the New Year’s Eve of 1941, but there is enough material for years of reading—and decades of inspiration. Larson divides his tale into seven major parts, covering between one and four months each in successive periods. It begins with Winston Churchill’s acceptance of the position of Prime Minister of Britain in May 1940. Around this time, Hitler’s nefarious activities were climaxing in Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Neville Chamberlain was ousted by popular outcry at a crucial point in the war, and Churchill was promptly summoned to fill in the post. Winston Churchill was only the second choice—the position was initially declined by King George’s man, Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, First Earl of Halifax (known affectionately as Lord Halifax). It was awkward timing and would have been a phenomenally unwise career move for anyone offered the same job at that point. A calling to the helm of a flailing nation seemed doomed to failure, but the dynamic Churchill took on the position with gusto, even in his mid-sixties at the height of the worst war in history. Larson has drawn on myriad public records, not only official government sources, like telegrams, memos, and wartime records, but also more personal iterations that were echoed at the grassroots. These edifying glimpses into British culture include numerous references to diary entries, for example, from Mary, Churchill’s daughter, John Colville, a well-known private secretary at 10 Downing Street at the time, and a few prominent Mass-Observation contributors who jotted down their thoughts and fears for the organization during the war. Great leaders are never born that way. They create themselves through hard work and determination, a lifelong process of learning, self-assessment, and struggle. Through this toil, truly effective leaders build up the inner strength and self-possession that allow them to inspire and motivate others to do greater things, mirroring through other people the way they maximize their own potential. Winston Churchill is one of the most fascinating figures of the recent past, for a wide variety of reasons. One of the most compelling of these is how his life so definitively embodies this process of becoming a great leader. Churchill fought to make the most of himself and of others around him almost from the start, and the times and setting he lived in gave him no shortage of challenges to test himself against. Here is a Preview of What You Will Get: A Full Book Summary An Analysis Fun quizzes Quiz Answers Etc Get a copy of this summary and learn about the book.

Hotel Angeline

Hotel Angeline
Author: Seattle7Writers
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2011-05-03
ISBN 10: 1453212310
ISBN 13: 9781453212318
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hotel Angeline Book Review:

Thirty-six of the most interesting writers in the Pacific Northwest came together for a week-long marathon of writing live on stage. The result? Hotel Angeline, a truly inventive novel that surprises at every turn of the page. Something is amiss at the Hotel Angeline, a rickety former mortuary perched atop Capitol Hill in rain-soaked Seattle. Fourteen-year-old Alexis Austin is fixing the plumbing, the tea, and all the problems of the world, it seems, in her landlady mother’s absence. The quirky tenants—a hilarious mix of misfits and rabble-rousers from days gone by—rely on Alexis all the more when they discover a plot to sell the Hotel. Can Alexis save their home? Find her real father? Deal with her surrogate dad’s dicey past? Find true love? Perhaps only their feisty pet crow, Habib, truly knows. Provoking interesting questions about the creative process, this novel is by turns funny, scary, witty, suspenseful, beautiful, thrilling, and unexpected.

The Outside Man

The Outside Man
Author: Don Bentley
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2021-03-02
ISBN 10: 1984805169
ISBN 13: 9781984805164
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Outside Man Book Review:

The fight for freedom has sent Matt Drake to some of the world's most dangerous spots. This time the war is coming to his front door. Broad daylight on an Austin, Texas, street and DIA operative Matt Drake is fighting for his life against a highly trained team of assassins. Who are they? Why do they want him dead? How will he protect those closest to him? The answers will take him into some of the most dangerous spots in the Middle East and will put him in the clutches of an old foe known simply as the Devil. It's a world of double crosses, with no boundaries between the guilty and the innocent. It will take all of Drake's wiles to get out alive.

Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon
Author: Arthur Koestler
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-01-27
ISBN 10: 1476785554
ISBN 13: 9781476785554
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Darkness at Noon Book Review:

First published in 1941, a classic portrait of a Soviet revolutionary who is imprisoned and tortured under Stalin's rule finds him agonizingly reflecting on his ironic career under the totalitarian movement.

Oasis

Oasis
Author: iO Tillett Wright
Publsiher: Clarkson Potter
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-11-10
ISBN 10: 0525575162
ISBN 13: 9780525575160
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Oasis Book Review:

Welcome to the desert. Welcome home. This visually stunning tour of the world’s most amazing desert homes will inspire you to create an oasis with “desert vibes” wherever you are. Creatives are drawn in by the extreme landscapes and limited resources of the desert; in fact, they’re inspired by them, and the homes they’ve built here prove the power of an oasis. From renovated Airstreams to sprawling, modern stucco, desert has become the new beachfront. In Oasis, artist iO Tillett Wright captures the best of this specific culture that emphasizes living simply, beautifully, and in connection with the earth. He highlights the homes that define this desert mindset, featuring the classics like Georgia O’Keefe’s in Abiquiu, New Mexico, alongside more modern homes such as Michael Barnard’s Solar House in Marfa, Texas. With Casey Dunn’s stunning photography, Oasis will transport you to these relaxing refuges, where you’ll learn what elements create the balance of intentionality, ease, style, and function that these homes exude.

The Last Lion Winston Spencer Churchill Visions of Glory 1874 1932

The Last Lion  Winston Spencer Churchill  Visions of Glory  1874 1932
Author: William Manchester,Paul Reid
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 992
Release: 1989-10
ISBN 10: 0385313489
ISBN 13: 9780385313483
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Lion Winston Spencer Churchill Visions of Glory 1874 1932 Book Review:

Describes the early life and political career of the British prime minister.