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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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    Lisa Newby 05-22-17
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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
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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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    "Very Detailed but Worth It"

    Great book. Sometimes a little too detailed and hard to get through, but the subject is worth it.

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    "I am looking forward to reading the entire trilogy"

    The narrator was amazing. He changed his voice often to reflect the character who was speaking. Well done from a historical standpoint and very interesting and entertaining as well.

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    "Masterpiece"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Outstanding narration, story and pacing. While I admit that I am somewhat of an Anglophile and a history buff, the author makes the passing decades come alive and does not just focus on Churchill. Clearly Manchester is on Churchill's side, but he does acknowledge some of Churchill's foibles. Nary a dull moment and excellent for those who are Churchill enthusiasts or want to get a thumbnail sketch of Queen Victoria's England. <br/>Additionally the narrator brought the material to life and I might not have enjoyed it so much, but his his talent.


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    a real joy and engaging writing style that grows on you. And Churchill was a pretty amazing guy and a life that could be a plot for many movies.

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    Shirley 04-10-17
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    I absolutely loved it. Its brilliantly written. Very funny, very informative and it is exceptionally read

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    "Best narration AND narrative"

    Narration is usually a let down for audiobooks, but in this case quite the opposite. It really added richness to an amazing biography.

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    TPALIN 02-12-17
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    "If you like History this is a really good listen."

    Enjoyed the book all the way through. Biography includes politics, morality, religion, WWI, foreign policy, financial struggle surrounding the life of Winston Churchill. Looking forward to listening to the next volume.

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    Aram 02-10-17
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    "phenomenal"

    I loved it and I purchased the rest of the volumes too. it is rare that a biography does justice to its' subject!

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