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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 | [William Manchester]

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

Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.
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Publisher's Summary

Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

In political office at the end of WWI, Churchill foresaw the folly of Versailles and feared what a crippled Germany would do to the balance of power. In his years in the political wilderness, from 1931 to 1939, he alone of all British public men, continually raised his voice against Hitler and his appeasers. For over 50 years, he was constantly involved in, and usually at the center of, the most important events of his age. It was, however, his obduracy on matters of principle, his fortitude in the face of opposition, and his perseverance in standing alone that defined him.

©1983 William Manchester; (P)1990 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Manchester is not only a master of detail but also of 'the big picture'....I daresay most Americans reading The Last Lion will relish it immensely." (National Review)
"[Manchester] 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)

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    D. Heard 09-10-11
    D. Heard 09-10-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Horrible narration"

    Again I was looking forward to a great listen but somehow I can not understand the narration. I have History of the World by Davidson and liked it quite well. But...

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    J. Niskanen Finland 05-17-15
    J. Niskanen Finland 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    Will listen again, get it, get it now! Use 1.25 speed for efficiency.. Bookmarked so many good quotes performed well by the narrator!

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    Fred 04-29-15
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    "Very detailed, insanely in depth."

    I was quite interested in the this book originally. There was a great leader that I wanted to know more about. I should have realized by the length of the book that it might require more patience than I was used to putting into a book.

    This book did a great favor for me in that I now listed to audio books one chapter at a time. I'm currently listening to 25 or so books simultaneously on a loop. I finish one chapter and move on to the next book and so on. This lies me to finish 10 or so books every month.

    The detail in this book as excruciating, down to seemingly every conversation Winston Churchill ever had with anyone. To make it worse, I found it terribly difficult to decipher large swaths of dialog because they were being read in a "Churchillian" voice.

    Lots and lots and lots of info. Im glad that is over.

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    K. Muckey San Diego, CA 04-26-15
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    "Great book - listen at double speed"

    Amazing book. Narrator has a thick British accent and speaks very slowly. Listen at double speed no problem. Loved it!

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    This is an enthralling story of the life and times of an incomparable human being. It is well worth the time.

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    "Excellent book and performance"

    As a churchill fan I knew I had to read/listen to this book. I have read many biographies of the great man, including Sir Martin Gilbert's glorious 8 volume tome. Still, this book offered much to me, not least of which was the fabulous performance by the narrator. He did wonderful voices, with Churchill's being, I think, one of the best to be found. I look forward to the next volume, which I'm headed to purchase presently.

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    A wonderfully presented history read beautifully. Any student of this era will appreciate the thoroughness put into this work.

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    Bruce Cline Littleton, CO USA 11-03-14
    Bruce Cline Littleton, CO USA 11-03-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Fabulously detailed exploration of W Churchill"
    If you could sum up The Last Lion in three words, what would they be?

    Obstreperous unrepentant genius


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winston himself


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    While initially off-putting, Davidson's mimicking of Churchill's voice was, for the most part, an added benefit to the narrative.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved it--totally absorbing.


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