The Splendid and the Vile
by Erik Larson
Larson delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, 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 the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and willing to fight to the end. (2020, 585 pgs; Nonfiction)
The Rise and Fall of the House of Windsor
by A.N. Wilson
1992 was the year the roof fell in on the storybook existence of the British royal family, the Windsors, and Queen Elizabeth referred to it as the “annus horribilis.” The British press could barely keep up with the succession of scandals that undermined popular support of the monarchy. Readers with an interest in history will be fascinated by Wilson’s tracing of the misery of the Windsors to the quarrels and eccentricities of elder generations, and perhaps to an even more ancient family curse. (1993, 211 pgs; Nonfiction)
Summer of ’69
by Elin Hilderbrand
Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed in Hilderbrand’s first historical novel set in Nantucket not far from Martha’s Vineyard. (2019, 425 pgs; Fiction)
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