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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Fantastic

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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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A comprehensive analysis of 25 years of change.

If you could sum up The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 in three words, what would they be?

informative, balanced, critical.

What other book might you compare The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 to and why?

The Passage of Power, by Robert A. Caro. Although contexts are different, Churchill and Johnson were both experiencing periods of political wilderness, needed to rise to incredible challenges, and succeeded where lesser mortals would have fallen short.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Clive Chafer and Paul Reid ?

Possibly not.

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

"These were his finest years."

Any additional comments?

The entire series as a listening experience suffers because narrators were different for each title. chafer was the least able to develop the distinctive Churchillian mannerisms of speech - the growl, the lisp etc. Although it is never easy for a second author to pick up from where the first left off, Reid clealry worked hard to carry out the task left to him by Manchester. Perhaps however - an epilogue could have been prepared, which summarised the complexities of Winston Churchill and brought up-to-date the status of the Churchill family. The book, (and consequently the series) ended abruptly and I was left feeling that perhaps there should have been more, just to round out the life and times of a truly remarkable man.

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Churchill. What a great man!!!

what a wonderful piece of writing.
more than 50 hours of spell binding written records of the later life of a visionary genius who was probably the greatest leader in the World in more than 100 years.

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Final Vol. Last Lion Narrator Falls Flat

If you could sum up The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 in three words, what would they be?

Epic

What did you like best about this story?

Churchill, the Times, the Struggle to carry on after leaving office

What aspect of Clive Chafer and Paul Reid ’s performance would you have changed?

BOTH OF THEM. No sense of story. Both read in monotones