Erik Larson Will Keep Calm and Carry On – The New York Times

In his previous books — including “Devil in the White City” (about a murder at the 1893 World’s Fair) and “In the Garden of Beasts” (about the family of the United States. ambassador to Germany under Hitler) — Erik Larson has written about historical events where, as he puts it, “The main action might be a little out of the mainstream in terms of who’s paying attention.”

This is not the case with THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE, appearing this week at No. 1 on the hardcover nonfiction list, which explores the life and times of Winston Churchill during World War II. Larson says, “I don’t think I understood exactly how much had been done on him. There’s an entire bookstore in Manhattan that is strictly Churchill books. I had to think strategically about how I went about the research. I read enough to know the landscape — to build what I like to refer to as my own personal Churchill — and then dove into the archives to find fresh stuff about what it was like to endure the air campaign against Britain if you were the prime minister, one of his advisers or a member of his family.”
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