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Erik Larson presents The Splendid and the Vile (with Maria Konnikova)

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St. Joseph’s College New York

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#1 bestselling author Erik Larson discusses his new narrative of a year in the life of Winston Churchill, his family, and inner circle.

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Erik Larson (#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake) comes to the Brooklyn Voices Series for the launch of his fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless” -- a story of political brinkmanship as well as an intimate domestic drama. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—to provide 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.

Larson discusses his book with Maria Konnikova, contributing writer for the New Yorker and author of Mastermind and The Confidence Game, at this pre-publication launch event.

Each $35 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of The Splendid and the Vile; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Erik Larson will sign books following the presentation.

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.

ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER:

Maria Konnikova is the author of Mastermind and The Confidence Game. She is a regular contributing writer for The New Yorker, and has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, Slate, the New Republic, the Paris Review, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, the Boston Globe, the Scientific American, WIRED, and Smithsonian, among many other publications. Her writing has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. While researching The Biggest Bluff, Maria became an international poker champion and the winner of nearly $300,000 in tournament earnings. Maria also hosts the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media and is currently a visiting fellow at NYU’s School of Journalism. Her podcasting work earned her a National Magazine Award nomination in 2019. Maria graduated from Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.

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