Erik Larson will Present his New Hardcover ~ The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Erik Larson, New York Times Bestselling Author, will Present his New Hardcover The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz.  This Author Event is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books, America's National Churchill Museum & The National WWI Museum and Memorial.

ABOUT ERIK LARSON:  Erik Larson is the Author of 5 National Bestsellers: Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm, which have collectively sold more than 9 Million Books.  His Books have been Published in nearly 20 Countries.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  The Splendid and the Vile delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz.

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 2 Weeks away.  For the next 12 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.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Erik Larson will Present his New Hardcover The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE (1 or 2 People plus 1 Hardcover of The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz):  $32.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes 1 Author Autographed Hardcover of  The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, 1 Stamped Author Autographing Admission Ticket, and 1 Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same price.

Walk-In Admission Packages Purchases are welcome at Unity Temple on The Plaza on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, after 6:00 PM, until our Event starts at 7:00 PM. Online Admission Package Ordering for this Event has STOPPED as of Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 4:30 PM, Central Time.

The Publication & Sale Date for the Hardcover of The Splendid and the Vile is Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
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