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

    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 41 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II

    • By Wolfpacker on 01-23-09

    Regular price: $39.99

    • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3

    • Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
    • By: William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Length: 53 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A worthy final volume in a great biography

    • By Mike From Mesa on 11-27-12

    Regular price: $34.96

    • A World Lit Only by Fire

    • The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age
    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 432
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 235
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 237

    From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth, the Renaissance.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Ill informed and narrow

    • By Eric on 09-01-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Richard Brown
    • Length: 36 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,074

    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Senseless change of narrators

    • By S. Horn on 12-12-11

    Regular price: $34.96

    • American Caesar

    • Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964
    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 31 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 667
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 495
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496

    Virtually all Americans above a certain age hold strong opinions about Douglas MacArthur. They either worship him or despise him. Now, in this superb book, one of our most outstanding writers, after a meticulous three-year examination of the record, presents his startling insights about the man. The narrative is gripping, because the general's life was fascinating. It is moving, because he was a man of vision. It ends, finally, in tragedy, because his character, though majestic, was tragically flawed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Honest Portrayal of a Flawed Hero

    • By Wolfpacker on 05-27-12

    Regular price: $34.96

    • The Arms of Krupp

    • 1587-1968
    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 48 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    The Arms of Krupp brings to life Europe's wealthiest, most powerful family, a 400-year German dynasty that developed the world's most technologically advanced weapons, from cannons to submarines to antiaircraft guns; provided arms to generations of German leaders, including the Kaiser and Hitler; operated private concentration camps during the Nazi era; survived conviction at Nuremberg; and wielded enormous influence on the course of world events.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Where did Chapter Nine go?

    • By Scott on 06-24-17

    Regular price: $45.47

    • The Death of a President

    • November 20 - November 25, 1963
    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 33 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    As the world still reeled from the tragic and historic events of November 22, 1963, William Manchester set out, at the request of the Kennedy family, to create a detailed, authoritative record of President John F. Kennedy's death, including the days immediately preceding and following the assassination.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • IMPORTANT HISTORIC BOOK

    • By Jeff on 12-06-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Goodbye, Darkness

    • A Memoir of the Pacific War
    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    This memoir offers an unrivaled firsthand account of World War II in the Pacific - what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best war memoir ever

    • By Doug on 05-31-07

    Regular price: $25.17

    • The Glory and the Dream

    • A Narrative History of America, 1932 - 1972
    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
    • Length: 57 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216

    This great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from 1932 to 1972. It encompasses politics, military history, economics, the lively arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti...everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous book, good narration, bad recording

    • By Paula on 07-10-08

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Disturber of the Peace

    • The Life of H. L. Mencken
    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    This fine biography of H. L. Mencken tells of how he rose to his unique position as comic genius and pre-eminent critic of American culture. It is the story of a man whose massive power of invective inspired and infuriated his contemporaries and whose popularity and unpopularity mounted with the frenzied pace of the 1920s.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Revelation

    • By Margaret H on 08-20-10

    Regular price: $25.17

    • No End Save Victory Vol. 1

    • Perspectives on World War II
    • By: Stephen E. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, William Manchester, and others
    • Narrated by: Leo Burmester
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    In these enthralling, incisive, unforgettable essays from some of our finest military historians, key figures and decisive battles of World War II come to life as never before.

    • out of 5 stars
    • Great stories that you never heard before

    • By Chris on 11-30-04

    Regular price: $20.97

    • One Brief Shining Moment

    • Remembering Kennedy
    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Manchester recalls in intimate detail everything from family gatherings at Hyannis Port, to grueling campaign trips, and quiet evenings alone with the president in the White House family quarters. The resulting portrait provides listeners with myriad anecdotes and insights into a life of a man that bristled with vigor, competitiveness, and an unflagging drive for excellence, and shone with elegance, intelligence, and compassion.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Controversy, and Other Essays in Journalism, 1950-1975

    • By: William Manchester
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The writing of Death of a President, William Manchester's award-winning account of President Kennedy's assassination, is the topic of the title essay in this collection, as it was a controversy like few others, pitting one of the most prominent historians of the day against Jackie Kennedy, the most famous and private widow in the world. The essay provides an insider's account of the struggle to see the book published.

    Regular price: $27.97

    • No End Save Victory

    • Perspectives on World War II, Volume 2
    • By: W.A.B. Douglas, William H. Whyte, William Manchester, and others
    • Narrated by: Leo Murmester
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    In these compelling, fascinating, vivid and shocking essays from some of our finest military historians, key figures and decisive battles of World War II come to life as never before. Volume 2 of the series from Robert Cowley, editor of the What If? series.

    Regular price: $20.97