On Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, The University Club of Chicago welcomes acclaimed writer Erik Larson for an evening event to discuss his new book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. Mr. Larson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake. Call The Book Stall for reservations (847-446-8880) or to order a signed copy of the The Splendid and the Vile. The University Club has a business casual dress code; no denim please.
Doors open at 5:30 PM,and Mr. Larson will begin his talk at 6:15 PM. The evening will conclude with a Q and A session and a book-signing. The Club will offers a cash bar.
There are two varieties of ticketing for this event. You can purchase a ticket that admits one person and includes a copy of the book, OR you can purchase a ticket that admits two people and includes a copy of the book. (Both tickets cost $31.40--the price of the book with a 10% discount.)
Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880, and we are happy to arrange a signed copy for you.
About the book:
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.
About the author:
Erik Larson is the author of five 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 nine million copies. His books have been published in nearly twenty countries.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz