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

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

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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.

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"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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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 11-11-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2005

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    "A Window into the Past"

    Manchester brings dead facts to life in this biography. I feel like I was Churchill's invisabe friend. Its sad when you realize he has been dead for over 40 years. I miss him.

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    TPALIN 02-12-17
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    "If you like History this is a really good listen."

    Enjoyed the book all the way through. Biography includes politics, morality, religion, WWI, foreign policy, financial struggle surrounding the life of Winston Churchill. Looking forward to listening to the next volume.

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    Aram 02-10-17
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    "phenomenal"

    I loved it and I purchased the rest of the volumes too. it is rare that a biography does justice to its' subject!

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    Mike Mn 02-02-17
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    "great book and performance"

    wonderful story of Winston Churchill's early life and career, and set in the context of British Society of those ears. The performance is amazing. The reader brings new energy and life to the reading and does fantastic impressions of the characters.

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    Jb 01-31-17
    Jb 01-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    Great book somewhat grueling at times. Love the readers impression of Churchill. WC really comes to life in this book.

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    H. Bryan Brooksbank Williamsville, IL USA 12-07-16
    H. Bryan Brooksbank Williamsville, IL USA 12-07-16 Member Since 2013

    My wife, Cheri, shares this account. We enjoy mysteries and thrillers. Is book: Entertaining? Well-written? Life affirming? No spoilers

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    "Winston Churchill is fascinating"

    Before listening to this, I recommend listening to "Churchill's Trial" by Larry P. Arnn.
    This book starts slowly, building a history occurring before Winston Churchill. Most books on Winston Churchill are life-affirming and this book is no exception. Learning about Winston Churchill is like panning for gold -- it requires patience to get those gold nuggets but it is worth your time! If this helped you, please vote for my review.

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    Boysh 10-26-16
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    "William Manchester Churchhill volume one"

    The story of Mr. Churchhill's life is exquisitely interesting and important. Manchester is the genius, and the reader, Mr. Davidson, is perhaps the best of all the readers I have ever listen to. She is in especially adept presenter of The meaning between the lines and his ability to do the different voices is spectacular!

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    "Total review of the life and times of Churchill"
    Where does The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Put this on the top of the stack.


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    Amazing detail and context into the history of the times and how it shaped his leadership style and views on the world. Must read for everyone interested in history.

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    Daniel Berman 09-12-16 Member Since 2017

    Age:56 Divorced. Education:BA, History, BU'82,MSc History, LSE'84, MBA Wharton '87. Interests: Art, Hiking,Smart Women.

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    "The Last Lion, Winston Spencer Churchill, Vol.1 'Visions of Glory'"

    As a Historian ,solely by academic trading, William Manchester's Biography of Churchill is the most thorough, joyful, humane and worthwhile Biography I have read. Mr. Manchester's three volumes stacked on each other may appear daunting, pedantic, self indulgent and deter a reader. Shockingly, I only wish I could participate in a long question and answer forum, to hear his , as I believe he was the most enlightened Churchillian scholar. The first Volume, does stand out, in this trilogy of Biography's, as the most inspired. Separate and alone, any of the three volumes would stand alone as the finest I have read.

    I happily and regrettably began, as a naive Historian,with Volume II and then Volume III. How wrong I was. The first Volume reaches back into Victorian England with both scholarship and a post Freudian understanding. This era, is seemingly paralyzed , by a parade of master English writers. Wether it is the Dickensian harshness or Thomas Hardy's impressionistic Beaty the Victorian era 1837-1901 who were by the Dickens's social commentary, or Mr. Manchester writes and weaves through this era of stereotypes

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    Andre 09-09-16
    Andre 09-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The best reading of a book I have ever heard"

    Subject matter is inspiring, the story is fantastic, and the reading of it is incredible. The author pays homage to the subject matter by waxing lyrical.
    When writing a book about one of the worlds greatest writers the book itself must be greatly written as it is in this case.

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