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.
This volume brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation’s military response and defense, compelled President Roosevelt to support America’s beleaguered cousins, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States.
More than 20 years in the making, The Last Lion presents a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of this brilliant, flawed, and dynamic leader. This is popular history at its most stirring.
©2012 William Manchester (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc
"Before his death in 2004, an ill Manchester asked former Cox newspapers journalist Reid to take his research notes and finish writing the final volume of his trilogy. The long-delayed majestic account of Winston Churchill’s last 25 years is worth the wait…. Manchester matches the outstanding quality of biographers such as Robert Caro and Edmund Morris, joining this elite bank of writers who devote their lives to one subject." (Publishers Weekly)
"General readers, as always, will be taken by [Manchester's] boundless abilities as a storyteller…. Essential for Manchester collectors, WWII buffs, and Churchill completists." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A big book but reads easily…. The finished book is a worthy conclusion to what must be considered one of the most thorough treatments of Churchill so far produced. An essential conclusion to Manchester's magnum opus." (Library Journal)
Absolutely. Well written, encompassing, great historical overview
I would have wanted to learn more about his relationship with his wife. The book doesn't really give us a sense of her
Persevere through the original reader ( a very short time) who, for this book, is surpassed by the magnificent reader, who quickly follows. His ability to quote complete with accents makes the book far more entertaining. It is an excellent t way to understand the background, personalities and decision making. The lesson: the importance of a leader and never give up
informative, balanced, critical.
The Passage of Power, by Robert A. Caro. Although contexts are different, Churchill and Johnson were both experiencing periods of political wilderness, needed to rise to incredible challenges, and succeeded where lesser mortals would have fallen short.
"These were his finest years."
The entire series as a listening experience suffers because narrators were different for each title. chafer was the least able to develop the distinctive Churchillian mannerisms of speech - the growl, the lisp etc. Although it is never easy for a second author to pick up from where the first left off, Reid clealry worked hard to carry out the task left to him by Manchester. Perhaps however - an epilogue could have been prepared, which summarised the complexities of Winston Churchill and brought up-to-date the status of the Churchill family. The book, (and consequently the series) ended abruptly and I was left feeling that perhaps there should have been more, just to round out the life and times of a truly remarkable man.
what a wonderful piece of writing.
more than 50 hours of spell binding written records of the later life of a visionary genius who was probably the greatest leader in the World in more than 100 years.
I love Audible but find it unconscionable that they won't up-grade to include the Cowon i9Plus as a compatible mp3 device.
Churchill, the Times, the Struggle to carry on after leaving office
BOTH OF THEM. No sense of story. Both read in monotones
Interested in all periods of Japanese history, especially, at least for now, the Pacific War.
Not sure I could say that, but this work was excellent in every way. Great writing, excellent top-notch narration, great subject matter!
WSC, of course
As a collective work, it was a great story.
It was hard to put down, but in one go, I would think that that would be rather impossible.
Be sure to put this on your “to read/listen to” list!
insightful and a pleasure to read .... A long and mearandering walk through WW2 and the larger than life personalities!!! A Good read!!!
I was thoroughly impressed by the detail, for a 50 hour book it is imminently readable throughout. the quotes are read with character
The narrator uses the EXACT SAME pitch and cadence for every sentence which was incredibly distracting and made it hard to get lost in the story itself. That said, the book is fantastic and well worth the struggles of listening to this particular narration.
i had no idea how superficial my knowledge a out ww2 was until i read this book. long but superbly written. Highly recommend also Panzer Commander by Hans von luck. what a rare experience in these two books.
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