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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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    Josiah Noble 11-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "conclusion to the most in-depth bio on the subject"

    this is by far the most in-depth biography you could ever find on the subject. the third and final book does not fail to bring great Authority on the subject of Winston Churchill's life as well as understanding of everything from World War II to Modern Times. Trulia masterpiece of biography.

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    John Gaston 10-10-17
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    "While not as good as the first two, still good."

    The split authorship does much to dilute the excellence of the final volume of The Last Lion and the narrator is not as talented as the narrator of the first two, but this book still has a strong flavor of the greatness of anything written by William Manchester.

    My only criticism beyond the above is that there is a tendency to histrionics in this book.

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    Sharon Herbitter Prattville, AL USA 09-27-17
    Sharon Herbitter Prattville, AL USA 09-27-17
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    "A Lion Indeed"

    A spectacular account of a singular man whose appearance on the world stage was certainly providential. Manchester's tour de force and the mantle taken up by Paul Reid are quite long but immensely worthwhile. Now that my journey with Churchill is over I shall miss him greatly.

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    LABroosevelt 08-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "3rd place"

    the performance and writing of the first two volumes was much better then again the original guy died so what can you do?

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    Anonymous 08-15-17
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    "inspiring!"

    oh if we could but have a Churchill now. Not since Christ has one walked the Earth with such tremendous impact.

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    Bleutrinitty 07-29-17
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    "Great story!"

    loooove this book! Really amazing storytelling but most of all an incredible depiction of Churchill's life during the war years and afterwards.

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    jjob 07-15-17
    jjob 07-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "much easier to understand than 1st 3"

    while the first 2 were very interesting, the voice was sometimes difficult. in all, very good

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    Christiaan N. 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Might even listen/read again in future. It casts a lot of perspective on our current political environment where sadly, such leaders as Churchill are no longer around. He was indeed one of the last lions!! The audio is also very good and I enjoyed the narration!

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    Kym Hopwood 06-27-17
    Kym Hopwood 06-27-17 Member Since 2009
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    "awesome!"

    been listening to the series for 3 or 4 years to spread them out. feel like I've lost my father. greatest man of the 20th century even if his mind lived in the 19th.

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    J. West 05-19-17
    J. West 05-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Had to stop. Terrible narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narration. Impression the narrator was discovering the book.


    What was most disappointing about William Manchester and Paul Reid ’s story?

    Wrong pauses, word emphasis


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator sounded unprofessional.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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