The Last Lion by William Manchester
Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

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8 Critic Reviews

...the story has been told better by others. Maybe it is perverse to criticize a book of more than a thousand pages for not being long enough, but by giving the less traveled territory after 1945 so little attention, Reid has missed an opportunity.
-NY Times

Synopsis

Spanning 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 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.
 

About William Manchester

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William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, The Death of the President, and assorted works of journalism.
 
Published November 6, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 1183 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Last Lion
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Sep 15 2012

The manuscript is replete with Manchester’s journalistic flourishes, some of which cross into cliché, and it’s as much a monument to the author as to its subject. Essential for Manchester collectors, WWII buffs and Churchill completists.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by RICHARD ALDOUS on Dec 21 2012

...the story has been told better by others. Maybe it is perverse to criticize a book of more than a thousand pages for not being long enough, but by giving the less traveled territory after 1945 so little attention, Reid has missed an opportunity.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Sep 03 2012

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.

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Claude Marx on Nov 15 2012

...readers seeking a more general assessment of Churchill will find much to savor in “The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965.” It’s a worthy finale to an exhaustive portrait of one of the last century’s true titans.

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Michael R Marrus on Jan 04 2013

...like the great man himself, this book keeps focused on the essential, and provides another monument to the ideals of a generation that withstood a supreme challenge and did its best, sometimes remarkably, to prevail in the war against Hitler.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Linda Diebel on Nov 09 2012

It’s a wonderful read. We get the full measure of the man, the short, rounded Englishman, with bowler hat, cigar and massive intellect.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Gerard DeGroot on Jan 06 2013

It has tremendous pace, rich detail and immense drama. That is appropriate, since few characters are as huge as Churchill.

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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
Reviewed by Terry Hartle on Dec 28 2012

...the book is far longer than necessary, and even readers with a deep interest in the subject may feel overwhelmed.

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