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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940 | [William Manchester]

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.
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This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles. He was disowned by his own party, and dismissed by the BBC, Fleet Street, and the social and political establishments as a warmonger, and twice nearly lost his seat in Parliament. Churchill stood almost alone against Nazi aggression and the pusillanimous British and French policy of appeasement.

Manchester tracks with new insights this complex, fascinating history, without ever losing sight of Churchill the man - a man whose vision was global and whose courage was boundless.

©1988 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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    Catherine New Orleans, LA, United States 12-23-10
    Catherine New Orleans, LA, United States 12-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "looking forward to volume III"

    Loved the first two volumes of this biography I hear the third volume is due out in 2011. Something to look forward to in the new year.

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    Cynthia Davie, FL, United States 09-17-10
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    "Excellent Books"

    I thoroughly enjoyed both volumes. Even though the total amount of time for both books was 71 hours, I felt like time flew as I was listening.

    The third volume is slated to be released next year. Before Manchester died, he began work on the final volume and picked Paul Reid as the person who will finish the book. According to what I've read, the book is to be released early 2011. Hopefully the audio version will be released around the same time.

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    Michael Chicago, IL, USA 11-01-09
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    "The definitive Churchill biographer"

    The definitive two part account of Churchill. Manchester does a magnificent job of putting the reader into the day to day life of Churchill. A quick read with depth and fascinating history. Richard Brown does a five star narration. Listen to volume one first if you can.

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