The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William ManchesterSpanning the years of 1940-1965, 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 conjured up by William Manchester and Paul Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.
The Last Lion brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nations military response and defense; compelled FDR into supporting Americas 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 twenty 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.
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On June 21, , the first day of summer, Winston Churchill was the most visible man in England. Prime minister for only six weeks, Churchill was defending more than his island home. The gravity of his role was obvious. Yet though all saw him, all did not see him alike. He was a multifarious individual, including within one man a whole troupe of characters, some of them subversive of one another and none feigned. At No. He worked outrageous hours.
Cancel anytime. Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction. Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in 20th-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in , many thought him to be the greatest man in the world. There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill.
The first two were published in the s by author and historian William Manchester , who died while working on the last volume. However, before his death, Manchester had selected Paul Reid to complete it, and the final volume was published in November The page volume was published in In , the book was placed on Time magazine's top non-fiction books written in English since This is the final volume of the late William Manchester 's trilogy about the life of Winston Churchill. Manchester died at the age of 82 on June 1, , after suffering for several years from two strokes, following the death of his wife in The strokes severely impaired his ability to write, resulting in his announcement, in August , that he would be unable to complete the third volume.
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Manchester , who died in , will not be among those eagerly awaiting its reception. The man with the most at stake is the co-author of record, and in fact the actual author: Paul Reid, who had never written a book before and whose specialty before he met Manchester was features for The Palm Beach Post. Now he has emerged from the project in a kind of literary shell shock, knowing that if the book is a success, most of the praise will go to Manchester, and if it flops, blame will fall on him. Manchester would have been a hard act to follow for even a much more seasoned writer. Then a writer in residence at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
The Last Lion brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation's military response and defense; compelled FDR into supporting 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 twenty 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
In , eight months before he died, Manchester handed over his Churchill research to Paul Reid, then a Palm Beach Post reporter, and asked him to finish the book. Roosevelt, his greatness makes him elusive. He was a multifarious individual, including within one man a whole troupe of characters, some of them subversive of one another and none feigned. As Volume 3 opens, the situation facing Churchill and Britain could hardly have been more treacherous. The six volumes were extremely lucrative and helped Churchill win the Nobel Prize in Literature in ; more important, they allowed him to write his own heroic legend — a formidable hurdle for subsequent biographers to jump.