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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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kindle Customer East Williston, NY United States 08-06-16
    Kindle Customer East Williston, NY United States 08-06-16
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    it is rare for a book to awaken you as to what our country needs.

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    P N VANLOAN MD 04-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    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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    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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    Ian Hay 03-17-16
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    A fascinating account of how close we came to losing Western Civilization as we know it...

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    "Slow and depressing compared to the first...."

    ...but that's to be assumed I guess, given the period and events. The reader didn't do the voices or accents nearly as well as the reader of the previous book. That guy was fantastic.

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    "It was his destiny"

    I didn't realize how much Winston Churchill was despised before the start of the World War 2 but he was a man of destiny he was the right person at the right time to answer the needs of the Western world in combating the Nazi menace

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    Billy 02-20-16
    Billy 02-20-16
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    "Opened my eyes to the culpability of the Allies"

    This is one of the best histories I've ever read.

    I had learned in high school that the West had sold out their allies in the East in the 1930s, but until reading this thoroughly researched and engagingly written history of the 1930s -- for the book provides so much context for Churchill's political and personal life that the book is possibly more a general history than a biography -- I had not understood how badly Baldwin and Chamberlain had sold out the democracies.

    The author never shies away from admitting Churchill's less savory characteristics -- condescension to lower classes, egoism, racism -- the book really focuses on the Nazi threat, and in this context, Churchill emerges as the unqualified hero. Manchester holds his main character in the highest regard, and his enemies, from Baldwin to Hitler, in the vilest contempt. If you don't like historians' passing judgement on their subjects, I would urge you to keep an open mind and read this book anyway.

    The reader at first put me off because of the nasal voice, but I quickly got used to it and now feel that many other voices that could have read this book would not have had sufficient gravity for the subject matter. The reader uses voices for reading quotes, especially Churchill. The voices could have been lame, but they never are and add significantly to the clarity of the prose, since the author mixes his words and quotes frequently. I even liked the few bars the reader sang, which wound up being wholly appropriate and adding to the prose.

    Conclusion: Absolute must read for anyone interested in history, leadership, or politics.

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    P. Mikolajczyk Panama City, FL USA 11-02-15
    P. Mikolajczyk Panama City, FL USA 11-02-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent Volume 2, if you can hear it."

    Poor recording quality. Sound is muffled at times as well as rise and fall unexpectedly. When you can hear the reading, excellent follow up to volume 1.

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    Judy AURORA, CO, USA 09-26-15
    Judy AURORA, CO, USA 09-26-15 Member Since 2014

    I've been an Audible listener for many years. I just plain love to listen, mostly to history, learning secrets otherwise unknown to me.

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    "He really was all they said he was..."

    Reading this vol and vol1 was like being there with the characters and living in that time. I wasn't born but I was there! loved it!

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    Cynthia van de Groep 04-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    Awesome book, amazing story. Incredibly detailed description of a not so well known period in modern world history. A must read!!

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