• Summary, Analysis, and Review of Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile

  • A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
  • By: Start Publishing Notes
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  • Length: 37 mins
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary, analysis, and review of The Splendid and the Vile and not the original book. 

With a firm grasp of the British struggle under German aggression, Larson crafts a story of epic proportions, taking the listener on a journey of novel insight and unexpected emotion. It’s not about Churchill so much as his preservation of all that Britain valued as a civilization at the height of the Second World War. 

What Does this Start Publishing Notes' Summary, Analysis, and Review Include?

  • Summary of the original book
  • Easily digestible takeaways distilling the main ideas
  • An overview of key events in Germany's campaign against Britain
  • A look at how Churchill's leadership saved the free world
  • Editorial review & analysis
  • Background on Erik Larson

About the Original Book:

Who knew that so much could happen over the course of twenty months in Great Britain? Erik Larson has managed to extrapolate a poignant rendition of 1940 to 1941, as the British Isles took a final stand for Europe, and the United States deliberated about whether to enter the war. It’s a little bit of history under a mountain of inspiration, where the leadership of heroes was only eclipsed by the bravery of those who followed them. You’ll laugh and cry, and you’ll certainly learn something about what it means to be human.

DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, The Splendid and the Vile. Start Publishing Notes is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way.

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Proofreading needed

This is a useful short summary of the excellent book, The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, but it needed some editing. The reader tells us in the first few minutes that "America, led by Theodore Roosevelt, stubbornly stuck to its isolationist policies...." In referring to the Battle of Britain, he pronounces it "Bri-TANE." These mistakes give the thing a sloppiness that does not inspire confidence. That said, it is a useful summary and analysis.