CBS News in the United States recently met with best-selling author Erik Larson to discuss his new book The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. In addition to visiting with the author at his home in New York City, reporter Jeff Glor interviewed Larson at the National Churchill Library and Center on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Larson’s approach to Churchill is to focus on just a one-year period: the first year that Churchill served as prime minister from 10 May 1940 to 10 May 1941. “Nothing surpasses 1940,” Churchill recalled in his later years, and Larson’s narrative—the first to include access to the diaries of Churchill’s daughter Mary—reminds us why.
In addition to speaking with Larson during the eight-minute segment, Glor meets with International Churchill Society Interim Executive Director Lee Pollock. To view the video, please CLICK HERE.