"Manchester has read further, thought harder, and told with considerable verve what is mesmerizing in its drama...One cannot do better than this book."
The Last Lion Box Set: Winston Spencer Churchill, 1874 - 1965by William Manchester, Paul Reid
Spanning the years of 1940-1965, THE LAST LION picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister-when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill conjured up by William Manchester and Paul Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action. THE LAST LION… See more details below
Spanning the years of 1940-1965, THE LAST LION picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister-when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill conjured up by William Manchester and Paul Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action. THE LAST LION brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation's military response and defense; compelled FDR into supporting America's beleaguered cousins, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States.
More than twenty years in the making, THE LAST LION presents a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of this brilliant, flawed, and dynamic leader. This is popular history at its most stirring.
The New Yorker
Manchester has read further, thought harder, and told with considerable verve what is mesmerizing in its drama...One cannot do better than this book."The Philadelphia Inquirer"
Manchester has such control over a huge and moving narrative, such illumination of character...That he can claim the considerable achievement of having assembled enough powerful evidence to support Isaiah Berlin's judgment of Churchill as 'the largest human being of our time.'"Alistair Cooke, The New Yorker
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William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, The Death of the President, and assorted works of journalism. Paul Reid is an award-winning journalist. In late 2003 his friend, William Manchester, in failing health, asked Paul to complete The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm. He lives in North Carolina.
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When the first volume of Wm.Manchester's trilogy appeared 25-years ago, I was so smitten by its excellence that I bought copies for half a dozen friends. All raved about it and two admitted they had used vacation time to stay home and read it. The second volume was just as good. Then began the long, long wait for the third and concluding volume -- the one that would cover Churchill's wartime leadership. Manchester died before he could write much of it but he had arranged for Paul Reid to finish it. Many of us worried whether Reid could write anything as good as Manchester's first two volumes. The returns are in and, if anything, Paul Read has surpassed the master in the breadth of his research and the style of his writing. People will be reading these masteroieces long after books have disappeared in languages that don't yet exist.
First a confession--I'm an escapist reader. I love sci-fi fantasy etc. Every once in a while I try my hand at a real, actually literate, author. I guess I should also admit I'm a crosswordnik. I knew my parents had Winston Churchill's books about WWII but wasn't too interested. I have read the first of the trilogy by William Manchester and am reminded of what truly great authors can do. Yes, I had a dictionary handy for the numerous times I had to look up the definition of a word--but, oh my--what a truly profound adventure. I had read a number of books about the turn of the 20th Century (i.e. 1800s going into the 1900s) but, notwithstanding the excellent Downton Abbey Series, depictions on PBS, I had no real sense of the era. Now I do--thanks to W. Manchester. This is a 5 star rave review. If you have any interest in WWI or WWII as to what it was really like--WM's ?trilogy is a Must Read. I'm glad I did. Don;t miss these books. They are worth the $50 or so bucks!!!!!
I have just finished reading volume 1, and will be going on to the second volume immediately. One of the great strengths of the book is how it achieves such breadth. The era, the place, the politics, the people, the social mores and the people that came into contact with young Churchill and his family. This is a fascinating and haunting book.
The real story of Churchill's impact on WWII is brought alive. It is amazing he survived all the events in his lifetime that lead to his role in the WWII.
This is a great book and Paul Reid has done a marvelous job in finishing the task. Where are the politicians today who are not afraid to stand up and tell the truth?
I will choose at 12:00am have fun....
I knew the basic facts, but the incompetence of various governments and leaders, both civilian and military, during both WW1 and WW2 was a real eye-opener. The box set is kind of a misnomer since you can't really display it on a bookshelf. I have no idea if the information is presented clearly, although from the amount of research I would suspect that it is. Even though the writer is clearly a Churchill fan, other books are available to present other views. I'm about half way through the set and am enjoying it very much.