The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

What makes this biography about Churchill so interesting is that it focuses on the man (as opposed to the WWII Prime Minister of England) in all his humanity … his quirks and imperfections, his work, his play, his family, friends and enemies … for a short period of the war. And the story is told with seemingly no agenda. No lesson or theme. Other than perhaps understanding of a time and a man. I felt I was there. A fly on the wall. While war and loss and love and betrayal raged around me. I laughed. I cried. I was in awe. I was outraged. I highly recommend. Disclaimer: I’m a longtime big fan of Churchill, as a leader, writer, orator and (now) man.

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