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*CANCELED* Author Event Erik Larson – “The Splendid and the Vile”

March 13 @ 7:00 pm

$35

**UPDATE 3/12/20**
Unfortunately, due to health safety concerns related to COVID19 (Coronavirus), this event has been canceled. All tickets will be refunded through the St. Louis County Library. If you would still like to purchase the book, please call us at 314-738-9384 or visit our Indielite page.

#1 bestselling author of “The Devil in the White City” and “Dead Wake,” Erik Larson delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. In “The Splendid and the Vile,” Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family. “The Splendid and the Vile” takes readers 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.

Tickets go on sale January 27 and can be purchased below through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale January 23 for Friends of the Foundation.

 

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INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Splendid and the Vile”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Splendid and the Vile”)

*A book signing will follow the presentation.

Presented in partnership with The Novel Neighbor and the Westfall Politics and History Series.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Order “The Splendid and the Vile” HERE
Book Summary

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.

Details

Date:
March 13
Time:
7:00 pm
Cost:
$35
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Venue

St. Louis County Library – Headquarters
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131 United States
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Phone:
314-994-3300
Website:
http://www.slcl.org/content/headquarters