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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940 Audiobook
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940
Written by: 
William Manchester
Narrated by: 
Richard Brown
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940 Audiobook

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

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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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    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 02-15-15
    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2009

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "Dapper, Destined and Determined; Churchill"

    This volume, “Alone,” of the Manchester series on Winston Churchill, tells the story of his life and its interlacing with the (Second) Boer War, WWI and WWII. This is part of a trilogy of editions of the man, referred to in the series title as, “The Last Lion.” The books are, “Visions of Glory,” “Alone,” and “Defender of the Realm,” a magnificent study of Churchill and the eras. They are though a true history, an effort to acquire knowledge about the man and the wars from a British perspective. Nevertheless, this is a well endeavored read or listen but only for those who are history buffs. That is not to say it isn’t a page turner, and hard to let it sit on the bed table. It is such a well done analysis of the epic failures of what lead to the rise of the Nazis and the oncoming of WWII. The book is an artistic compilation of history in the nature of Shelby Foote’s “The Civil War,” although the House of Commons fights are not as dramatic as the Civil War confrontations.

    The same subject, as this title, Alone, can also be read in a more scintillating series by Winston Churchill himself, his four part series the Second World War. That was a more exciting tale. Yes, Churchill has a way not only with governing, giving speeches but writing as well.

    This volume, Alone, is the most complete study into Neville Chamberlain, and the popular British post WWI concept of Appeasement, I have ever come across. I have seen the Newsreel film of Chamberlain holding the treaty in his hand and waiving to cheering crowds in triumph and because I have the advantage of hindsight knew Chamberlain was a fool, and a fool to Hitler. I had no idea how dominant a postulate non-violence was for our forefathers in the 1930s. This book does teach its malfeasance demonstratively well – a probable results of the horrors of WWI’s trench warfare according to this study. Manchester reveals appeasement, at least on the part of Chamberlain, and his predecessor Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, to be a factor of their dedication to capitalism; the appeasers were actually more concerned with unfettered commerce than the growth of the Nazis and the horrors and enslavement National Socialism cast onto others. The continuation of commerce was all the appeasers were concerned with. Thus, how vile the appeasers truly were.

    There has been a lot of criticism about Richard Brown’s reading. (The super great Frederick Davidson read the Visions of Glory telling of the early life of Churchill.) Actually, Brown is a very good reader. His depiction of Churchill though is awful. I remember hearing Churchill in the original (on Newsreels) and his voice was most distinctive. Brown’s depiction doesn’t come close and is actually dreadful. (Unfortunately for Brown, Davidson’s re-depiction was magnificent.)

    . . . and yes I will be listening to the final series, Visions of Glory (which was completed by Paul Reid, as Manchester passed before he completed the war years.

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    jhwayne@bigfoot.com 02-28-13
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    "Interesting biography, irritating narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Lion the most enjoyable?

    The information and its presentation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Manchester's way of connecting Churchill's history to the culture of the times.


    What three words best describe Richard Brown’s voice?

    Irritating when quoting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You cannot make a film of this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah RAMSEY, MN, United States 08-20-12
    Sarah RAMSEY, MN, United States 08-20-12
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    "Interesting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book keeps your interest even as it dives into the deep end of British politics. It keeps W.C. real and gives a balanced view of the man: good and bad. Very enjoyable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rabbi Eitan Levy Israel 01-12-12
    Rabbi Eitan Levy Israel 01-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book, not such a great read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As is the first volume, this follow up is an incredibly broad and deep exploration of not just Churchill, but of British politics in the 1930s in the lead-up to WWII. It manages to include mountains of information, but keep them fascinating by attaching them to the person of Winston Churchill.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of Britain in the 1930s is a stark lesson to those who would appease evil in our own day. The parallels are clear to anyone who follows current events, without the author ever having to make the connection for you.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Brown?

    Frederick Davidson did a masterful job on the first volume. I was deeply disappointed by Brown's reading of Churchill and many other characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The march of folly, and a glimmer of hope.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite a mind-numbing introduction (for one who just finished the first volume), once the meat of the book is reached the reader is carried deep into the life of one of the 20th centuries most fascinating and important personalities. This is one of the deepest and most detailed biographies I've ever read, and the anecdotes about Churchill and those around him manage to add zest to even the dryest figures.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    yamir bhatt 07-11-11
    yamir bhatt 07-11-11 Member Since 2014
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    "The very best"

    if there is one book you need to buy on Audible if you are interested in British colonial historty, this would be it. By far the most detailed and riveting narration of Winston's life. This is better then best.

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    Andrew Waltham, MA, USA 05-12-10
    Andrew Waltham, MA, USA 05-12-10 Member Since 2011
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    "What a disappointing production"

    After listening to Frederick Davidson's wonderful reading of the first volume of Manchester's (never completed) biography of Churchill, I was roundly disappointed by Richard Brown's performance of "Alone: 1932-1940". In fact, I only made it through about an hour of it before I gave up. Life is too short to listen to readers who are terrible. In this case, I'm going to read it myself.

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    04-26-09
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    ""The Last Lion""

    This is an excellent study of Churchill and the period between the wars. It gives you a real feel for the period and some great insight into the politics of the period. Some of the observations are particularly interesting in view of current events. Could it be true that appeasement and peace at any price is not dead? It is a pity that William Manchester died prior to completing volume III. The world is poorer for that.

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    John Moore 10-26-10
    John Moore 10-26-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Voices"

    The reader makes this an excellent book. His ability to sound like Churchill, change his voice for ladies, sing a song, etc. are entertaining. The story is interesting and well presented. Very even balanced on a very controversial person.

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    P N VANLOAN MD 04-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "worth every minute"

    view of the history of the time. well worth 35 hours. Hard to turn off the car and wait until the next time I could listen.

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    Christine 03-24-16
    Christine 03-24-16
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    "Captivating"
    What did you love best about The Last Lion?

    Just a mesmerizing and inspiring look at the preface to the Winston Churchill I knew during the war. I could not put this down and you feel completely ready to take on anything life can throw at you afterwards.


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