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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 Audiobook

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

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Publisher's Summary

Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

In political office at the end of WWI, Churchill foresaw the folly of Versailles and feared what a crippled Germany would do to the balance of power. In his years in the political wilderness, from 1931 to 1939, he alone of all British public men, continually raised his voice against Hitler and his appeasers. For over 50 years, he was constantly involved in, and usually at the center of, the most important events of his age. It was, however, his obduracy on matters of principle, his fortitude in the face of opposition, and his perseverance in standing alone that defined him.

©1983 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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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 11-11-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "A Window into the Past"

    Manchester brings dead facts to life in this biography. I feel like I was Churchill's invisabe friend. Its sad when you realize he has been dead for over 40 years. I miss him.

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    Samuel Byers 07-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Enthralling"

    A depiction not only of Churchill's early life, but of the character and circumstances of the Victorian world that shaped him. If Churchill had died at the close of this volume — before performing any of the great feats with which he is associated today — Manchester's work would stand as a testament to why he still ought to be counted among the most visionary statesmen of his generation.

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    TG 06-13-17
    TG 06-13-17
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    "A staggering work. Onward to part 2!"

    Before you dismiss this as an insurmountable goal, even in audio form, think again. You will gain a greater understanding of his whole time period through the slow but never boring trot through every detail of WC’s pre-WWII life. And the narrator is just as phenomenal.

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    IHeartShoes 06-10-17
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    "fantastic history"

    Churchill was an amazing character and handled adversity better than any character I've ever read about.

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    William 06-08-17
    William 06-08-17
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    "Unending boring minutiae"

    Much more about Churchill and his social setting than I can deal with. Almost cancelled a third of the way but I respect him so much l continued. Very tough while doing my walk, especially with British reader.

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    Amazon Customer 06-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a reminder "

    a must for a reminder of the prices paid and lives lost for out present day luxury.

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    rOB bERNARD 05-29-17
    rOB bERNARD 05-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Self righteous, long-winded torture"

    I really was looking forward to listening to this book, but after wasting three hours listening, I was repeatedly struck by the opinionated assertions presented as facts and the never ending side excursions with no added value.
    There were a few good passages, but having just listened to the Wright Brothers which had me excited to listen, this was such a disappointment. If you want to sleep, download this, otherwise I would pass.

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    Lisa Newby 05-22-17
    Lisa Newby 05-22-17 Member Since 2013
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    "packed with history"

    A fascinating and informative book about one of the most influential figures of the early twentieth century and the geopolitical landscape that shaped his outlook and policies. A long and dense but enjoyable read.

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    zdd 05-17-17
    zdd 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good story but very in depth"

    i definitely enjoyed the story but be prepared for a long in depth, in the weeds, bio of Winston Churchill

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    RIOLA Parsippany, NJ, US 05-15-17
    RIOLA Parsippany, NJ, US 05-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    What would have made The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 better?

    Why is it that biographers feel they must punish us by plodding through every minute detail of the subject's life? Churchill is so interesting and I'm sick of him already half way through the book. I will finish this, because I believe Churchill is worth it, but the author failed to engage me. A biography should not be just a dissertation of chronological facts.


    What was most disappointing about William Manchester’s story?

    Painfully tedious.


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    Well done and interesting.


    What character would you cut from The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932?

    the author


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminds me of high school history, boring and totally lacking in engagement with the reader. I have relearned what they tried to teach back then, but in a more modern interactive style and now enjoy history and biography. Manchester brought me right back to high school, boo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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