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.
"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)
The era in which Churchill lived, with its penchant for daily journals, allows historians to paint a true picture of Churchill in every aspect of his career viewed from multiple angles (friends, foreigners, enemies, etc). The three volumes pack an incredible amount of history, politics, international relations into an very interesting story about a very interesting man.
The contrast between Churchill and Neville Chamberlain was stark.
Mr Brown has Churchill's accent down pat and makes the story so much more vivid.
No one can listen to his in one sitting (unless you have terminal insomnia), but shutting it off is difficult. Once I finished each volume, I could wait for the next.
No, but then I haven't read the print version.
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - incredibly long
It was boring. So, a more energetic and interesting reader would have been nice.
This is a great series of books; Manchester has shown what an incredibly dumb bunch were running HMG in the 30s. Looking back on it now, I wonder how they could have been so blind to what was happening to them. Hindsight is 20/20, but foresight is pretty valuable.
Well told story. Good mix of intimate details and broad political and cultural context.
The direct quotes from Churchill's speeches were better rendured by the narrator in Vol. I
It is a very long book which I very much enjoyed. This is not a book you could possibly listen to in one sitting
Churchill once said, "When the eagles stop talking, the parrots begin to jabber." He kept talking even when drowned out by the parrots and cowards of his day until eventually he was ALONE as the sole voice of wisdom and action. Copiously detailed. Integrally insightful. A political masterpiece.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This is William Manchester’s masterpiece. Like Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel, or Mozart composing the Requiem, the theme elevates and inspires the artist to express himself in ways only a great virtuoso possibly can. Manchester’s subject is Winston Churchill at the height of his powers, displaying, for good, his grand stand against the forces of evil. And he is standing alone, abandoned by his party as a gadfly excluded from the halls of power that might have forearmed the world against the evil Axis, Churchill is relegated to forewarning England of the impending doom even as his contemporaries are rushing headlong into the breach of disaster. This is the stuff of legend. This book shines with the indomitable spirit of the human will you wish every man possessed. But, gladly, one man did possess such a will at precisely the time in history when it was most sorely needed.
The narration by Richard Brown is adequate. Sadly, it is not up to the class of Frederick Davidson in the first volume in this series and so the change in narrator takes a little getting used to. But the book by Manchester is so grand that the narration is not a distraction. The book transcends the voice, making this volume the best of the three.
I read the book when it came out many years ago and remembered it fondly. I had forgotten though how truly superb it is. Epic and lush with its evocation of the Empire in the late Victorian era, it is also a superb portrait of the British political situation in the first three decades of the 20th century and a magisterial presentation of the coming of age of perhaps the last century's greatest figure. The narration is tremendous. Outstanding all the way around!
Wonderful recounting of the life and development of Winston Churchill. Engrossing. My only criticm is excessive detail, resulting in a flood of words. Masterful scholarship. While recognizeting that the focus was on his warlord personage,,I would have liked more coverage of his years out of the limelight.
After thoroughly enjoying Volume I, narrated by Frederick Davidson, I was very, very disappointed in the narration of Richard Brown.
This was a tough narrator to spend so much time with. I'd be very hesitant to get another book read by him. As for the book, the trouble with spending so much time considering Churchill's wilderness years is that not much happened during them. His political rehabilitation and ascent is fascinating, but it's like watching a baseball game where all the scoring happens in the 8th and 9th innings.
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