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

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

by William Manchester


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

The first volume in William Manchester's masterful, magnum opus account of Winston Churchill's life. The Last Lion: Visions of Glory follows the first fifty-eight years of Churchill's life—the years that mold him into the man who will become one of the most influential politicians of the twentieth century.

In this, the first volume, Manchester follows Churchill from his birth to 1932, when he began to warn against the re-militarization of Germany. Born of an American mother and the 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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ISBN-13: 9780385313483
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1984
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 992
Sales rank: 80,320
Product dimensions: 5.39(w) x 8.10(h) x 2.07(d)

About 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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Absolutely magnificent…a delight to read…It's one of those books you devour line by line and word by word and finally hate to see it end.

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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 1: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Roll_Tide More than 1 year ago
I only wish he had completed volume three!
winston36 More than 1 year ago
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 .
TCarron More than 1 year ago
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.
MaraHalabi More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read. The details Mr. Manchester provides just suck you in to the era..
alwaysmlo on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Perfect paring of subject and biographer. This book along with the volume that follows (The Last Lion: Alone) is my favorite biography, bar none.
Doondeck on LibraryThing 1 days ago
One of the finest books I have ever read. A masterful portrait of a great man and a wonderful survey of an age and an empire. This book is primary evidence to the importance of biography.
lunza on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This biography cannot be praised highly enough. It is so detailed and yet so well written that it does not seem dense or difficult at all. This volume covers the years up to 1932, when Churchill left the government and became a lone voice in the wilderness warning about the danger posed by Adolf Hitler. The next volume covers the years of his exile, which ended in 1940 when he was unfortunately proven right about Hitler, and continues up to when he was named Prime Minister.It is a shame that Manchester was not able to complete this work (which I guess would be at least two more volumes -- World War II and then his twilight years); I understand that someone else is going to, but it probably won't be the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess this hoss is a bit famous or something?
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glauver More than 1 year ago
This book is long and takes a while to get started. Manchester spends almost a hundred pages describing the society Churchill was born into. Then we learn about his unhappy childhood and indifferent parents. Finally he reaches adulthood and his career begins. Manchester reminds us how eccentric, maddening, and mercurial Winston was through the first 58 years of his life. Too often we view him through the prism of his WWII leadership. I was spent after reading this a couple years ago and still I have not started Alone, Manchester's second book about Churchill. This great reading that demands an investment of your time.
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Woodhand More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Wahoo1995 More than 1 year ago
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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jfk1942 More than 1 year ago
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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