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Louis

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (428)

    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s 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 portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
    "Belongs in library of any 20th Century Historian"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 to be better than the print version?

    I always like to own the written copy of great books for my own library, for perusal and future reference.


    What other book might you compare The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 to and why?

    I would put it in the same category as William Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. The Last Lion is also a paean to great man, and Shirer's more of post-mortem autopsy, but both books are seminal works that belong in the library of any serious 20th century historian. The Last Lion adds balance to understanding the birth of the American Century and the necessary historical are revisionism of the American victors. Churchill was the quintessential stateman, a man of letters, wit, and biting humor. His should be voice of the moral victors of WWII. It is beautifully written, and the Audible recording was beautifully read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Winston Churchill as Leonidas of Sparta: how a great man saved a nearly defeated Empire against the overwhelming forces of evil.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5367)
    Performance
    (3358)
    Story
    (3387)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Great idea, but disappointing as literature."
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    I read this book to think through a scenario of how an EMP would play out, but the actual prose was on the same level of the Left Behind series. The story line was predictable and trite. The story was a simple vehicle for a cautionary tale on how the world might realistically end or at least revert to a pre-industrial survivalist society. It cannot compare to the simple but elegant prose of Cormac McCarthy's post-acopalyptic The Road.
    Forstchen's characters are two dimensional and insipid. I did value the cautionary tale and the discussion on the science and politics on the risk of EMP in the epilogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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