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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Unfortunately, the readers performance diminishes the story. Hearing "idear" spoken instead of "idea" becomes nails of the chalkboard, and the story becomes unlistenable.

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    "The Last Lion Volume 3"

    Excellent. The story and presentation were worthy of the man. I would highly recommend all 3 volumes. The readers for all 3 volumes were good with volume 1 outstanding.

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    I loved the richness of detail and the multiplicity of storylines that were woven into this book.

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    Excellent listening and well presented biography of the wonderful leader of the UK during WWII.

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    I had heard that this book was a let down due to William Manchester's untimely strokes, but Paul Reid nailed it. It's a superb book (incidentally very well performed), but more importantly, it was true to Manchester in every sense. Mr. Reid deserves tremendous credit for his ability to replicate his predecessor's voice without in any way diminishing the quality or style of the work. A climax and close to an epic trilogy.

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    A must for the history buff Winston Churchill is the most important person of the twentieth century the only man who could have stopped Hitler and he knew it.

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    I am writing this review with tears in my eyes. This book, like the others in the trilogy, is a masterpiece of human history. It's quality defies adequate description, and I am left with equal parts profound satisfaction at having completed the tale, and regret that I can never again experience it's beauty anew.

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