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From New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson, this nonfiction page turner recounts the dramatic events surrounding Hitler’s twelve month bombing campaign of England during WWII (the “Blitz”) and the inspiring and courageous leadership by England’s new prime minister Winston Churchill.   The very real danger of a German invasion and ultimate defeat are portrayed against a backdrop of political brinksmanship and intimate domestic drama.  Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill, his family and close circle of advisors and aides.   He also explores the reactions to the bombings from the royal family and ordinary Britons. “One young boy, asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, a fireman or pilot or such, answered: ‘Alive,’ ” Larson writes.  And while the subject is weighty, the account is infused with humor and light-hearted moments like Churchill’s penchant for wearing a red dressing gown, helmet and slippers with pom-poms as he worked late into the night, reflecting what some considered one of his most endearing traits, a “complete absence of personal vanity.”  Most importantly perhaps, as a historical example of leadership and solidarity in extraordinarily difficult times, the book is particularly relevant to the events of today.

 

 

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