The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 1: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932

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William Manchester met Winston Churchill on January 24, 1953. Their encounter on the Queen Mary sparked an intense curiosity in Manchester that would eventually result in his classic three-volume magnum opus The Last Lion.

In this, the first volume, we follow Churchill from his birth to 1932, when he began to warn against the remilitarization of Germany. Born of a lovely, wanton American mother and a gifted but unstable son of a duke, his childhood was one of wretched neglect. ...

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William Manchester met Winston Churchill on January 24, 1953. Their encounter on the Queen Mary sparked an intense curiosity in Manchester that would eventually result in his classic three-volume magnum opus The Last Lion.

In this, the first volume, we follow Churchill from his birth to 1932, when he began to warn against the remilitarization of Germany. Born of a lovely, wanton American mother and a gifted but unstable son of a duke, his childhood was one of wretched neglect. He sought glory on the battlefields of Cuba, Sudan, India, South Africa and the trenches of France. In Parliament he was the prime force behind the creation of Iraq and Jordan, laid the groundwork for the birth of Israel, and negotiated the independence of the Irish Free State. Yet, as Chancellor of the Exchequer he plunged England into economic crisis, and his fruitless attempt to suppress Gandhi's quest for Indian independence brought political chaos to Britain.

Throughout, Churchill learned the lessons that would prepare him for the storm to come, and as the 1930's began, he readied himself for the coming battle against Nazism—an evil the world had never before seen.

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Editorial Reviews

Time
"Adds a grand dimension...Rich in historical and social contexts."
Magazine Staff People
"Stylish...The heroic Churchill is in these pages, but so is the little boy writing forlorn letters to the father who all but ignored him, and the romantic who once courted Ethel Barrymore and ended up with a lovely fifty-seven-year-long marriage to a woman whose pet name for him was 'Pig'...An altogether absorbing popular biography."
Newsweek
"Bedazzling.''
Newsweek
"Bedazzling."
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“Absolutely magnificent . . . a delight to read . . . one of those books you devour line by line and word by word and finally hate to see end.”—Russell Baker
 
“Bedazzling.”Newsweek
 
“Manchester has read further, thought harder, and told with considerable verve what is mesmerizing in [Churchill’s] drama. . . . One cannot do better than this book.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“An altogether absorbing popular biography . . . The heroic Churchill is in these pages, but so is the little boy writing forlorn letters to the father who all but ignored him.”People
 
“Superb . . . [Manchester] pulls together the multitudinous facets of one of the richest lives ever to be chronicled. . . . Churchill and Manchester were clearly made for each other.”Chicago Tribune
 
“A vivid, thoroughly detailed biography of the Winston Churchill nobody knows.”Boston Herald
 
“Adds a grand dimension . . . rich in historical and social contexts.”—Time
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440546818
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1984
  • Pages: 992

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2001

    Outstanding - a must read

    Manchester's account of the life of Winston Churchill is absolutely on the mark. The biographer does an outstanding job of detailing Churchill's career, pointing out the ways in which Churchill stood out as a genius among his peers, but is also quick to note his human failings, giving a well-balanced view of this remarkable and enigmatic man. The book is quick and lively, full of detail but never dry. Particularly enjoyable are Manchester's descriptions of English thought and society - and how they changed - throughout Churchill's lifetime, thus giving a background upon which to better understand the bases of Churchill's actions and opinions. I would recommend this title (and it's sequel) to anyone interested in reading an entertaining and informative story of one of the greatest men born to history.

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    A truly monumental biography

    I only wish he had completed volume three!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    Warrior Statesman

    This book provides a history of one of the great personalities of the 19th and 20th century. William Manchester's study of Winston Churchills life from birth into his fifties is remarkable. The author describes the triumphs, failures, and disappointments of a man who would become the caretaker of the lamp of liberty through many dark nights.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    quite popular yes

    the most popular book on churchill unforgettable wrting style of bill manchester makes us forget the mistakes in the book.. ...patronizing and gratuitous according to some .

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Excellent!

    Very enjoyable read. The details Mr. Manchester provides just suck you in to the era..

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    .......not a secret anymore......, (1 of 2)

    Actually it is very sad to mention this blunder against humanity: <BR/><BR/>When the Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers in October and November 1914, Britain's communications with India and the East via the Suez canal was immediately placed in jeopardy. <BR/><BR/>There was a secret agreement with Germany signed in August 1914 by the Young Turks that was troubling the Russians and taken as warning of the forthcoming trouble to The Tsar. The Russians regarded their Caucasian terrirories were also placed in jeopardy. <BR/>Consequently, the British and French, in order to protect their future `colonies' and bisect the `sick man of Europe', had to act forcefully. They opened another front in the South with the Gallipoli (1915) and Mesopotamian campaigns. <BR/><BR/>Anxious to score his first military encounter with `the enemy', Winston Churchill, in his capacity as Lord of Navy, prematurely urged a combined French and British naval incursion into Gallipoli. But the Turks were successful in repelling the British, French, and Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. and pushed their eventual withdrawal and evacuation. <BR/><BR/>((By contrast, in Mesopotamia - Iraq- after the disastrous Siege of Kut (1915-16), British Empire forces - mainly of Indian troops - reorganized and captured Baghdad (March 1917). Further to the west in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign, initial British failures were overcome when Jerusalem was captured in December 1917, and the Egyptian Expeditionary Force under Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, broke the Ottoman forces at the Battle of Megiddo in September 1918))

    2 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

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    Manchester has written a great account of the life of one of the

    Manchester has written a great account of the life of one of the most intresting men of this century. He shows the genius that many considered boardline insane and the loving relationship he had with Clementine. A must read for anyone that has ever heard the name Winston Churchill.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    A most rewarding read...

    Manchester is famous for his biographies...such as the one of MacArthur, American Caesar.

    This time, Churchill comes alive. I'm amazed at how Manchester can show the many facets of Winston's personality. Churchill must have been insufferable as a neighbor or acquaintance...but an extremely valuable leader in a time of crisis. He was one people would follow through the Gates of Hell....and they did.

    Manchester's style of writing is alluring, and drew me on to read more and more than I had planned at one time.

    Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Eye Opening History/Interesting

    There is much to learn about politics and it's inner-workings. This explains much and reading this is like reading today's history as it occurs. Fasinating history of Victorian England and the mind of genius that is overlooked so often. Looking forward to the next book starting with 1932 forward.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Excellent Read

    I just started reading this book. So far it is fantastic. If the rest of this volume is as good as the beginning I will purchase the next two volumes.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    Great read

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I learned a lot about Churchill. I didn't know he was friendly with Michail Collins. Nor did I know he fought in WW 1. I'm looking forward to the next volume.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I've always been fascinated with the Churchill family and was very pleasantly surprised when I saw this was a nook special a few weeks ago! Hoping I can get thru the entire book and continue on with part two and three.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    A good history read.

    A great lesson in British history beginning with the Victorian Age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Churchill

    Full of interesting speech quotes by the man, not dealt with in any particular chronological order, very complimentary of him, paints him as a great unique man in the context of the waining of Britains imperial glory who was the man of the hour in WW2

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    Posted December 29, 2012

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    Like it but gosh wow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Anonymos

    A great book copletely worthy of 5 stars

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    Posted December 29, 2012

    Good news!!

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten San; that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life -John 3:16

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