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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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    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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    Sam Acquisto 05-14-17 Listener Since 2008
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    "Good history of WWII, and its aftermath."

    Wiinston Churchill is the greatest leader of the 20th Century and the greatest leader of England ever

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    Anton Van Houcke 04-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A brilliant standalone work"

    Even if it's called part iii of a series, this book can be easily read separately. This monumental telling of the most impactful part of Churchill's life is an amazing look into the origins of the current geopolitical situation.

    The voice is a little boring but I got used to it.

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    Aram 03-21-17
    Aram 03-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    it was an extraordinary piece of work which I recommend to everyone. this was great.

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    re2turn 01-31-17
    re2turn 01-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I really feel that ive lost a dearest friend."

    By the end of the third book the man's jokes, attitudes and reactions give you a sense of kinship with one of the greatest leaders of all time. in addition to the extreme sense of historical familiarity, you also fall in love with the details of Churchill's life and his character. I'm glad I spent the time to listen to this book despite the at times difficult narration in comparison to the readers of the first two books. highly suggest you this book.

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    Debra 01-30-17
    Debra 01-30-17
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    "A poignant, thoughtful, loyal account of Churchill"

    If you are seeking a coherent enlightenment of the sudden peril the world now faces in 2017, read this volume. Churchill's genius is as applicable now as it was in 1939...

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    Susan 01-17-17
    Susan 01-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "should be required reading . . ."

    albeit in a condensed form. I am a history buff born in central Europe but raised in the US. I thought I knew quite a bit about WW2 and the geographic region of my birth. Turns out I didn't nor did I appreciate what a difference the right man/woman in the right place at the right time can make. Winston Churchill was such a man. if not for Churchill we'd all be speaking German. and if only we'd listened to Churchill in the aftermath of WW2 we could have spared eastern and central Europe 40 plus years under the communist yoke.

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    James Robb Virginia 01-06-17
    James Robb Virginia 01-06-17 Member Since 2012

    Love history, love books. Love current events. Christian conservative. British history. Military history. Political history. Classic fiction.

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    "Better than Manchester?"

    This third volume of the 30 year project The Last Lion, originally by William Manchester, but this volume by Paul Reid, is magnificent. If possible, Reid has done even a better job than Manchester in summing up the great man. Every single literate person world should listen to this wonderful recording. Kiddos to the voice talent as well.

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    Robin G G New York 01-02-17
    Robin G G New York 01-02-17 Member Since 2017

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    "One really gets a sense of who Churchill was"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Well written, encompassing, great historical overview


    Any additional comments?

    I would have wanted to learn more about his relationship with his wife. The book doesn't really give us a sense of her

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    Michael A. Callen New York, NY USA 12-27-16
    Michael A. Callen New York, NY USA 12-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Informative and entertaining"

    Persevere through the original reader ( a very short time) who, for this book, is surpassed by the magnificent reader, who quickly follows. His ability to quote complete with accents makes the book far more entertaining. It is an excellent t way to understand the background, personalities and decision making. The lesson: the importance of a leader and never give up

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