The Last Lion by William Manchester
Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940

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Alone is the second volume of William Manchester's brilliant three-volume biography of Winston Churchill. In this volume, we witness the war within, before the colossal war to come. During this period, Churchill was tested as few men are: relentlessly pursued by creditors, disowned by his own party, vociferously dismissed by the press as a warmonger, and twice nearly lost his seat in Parliament. Yet despite his personal and political troubles, Churchill managed to assemble a vast, underground intelligence network-both within the British government and on the continent-which provided him with more complete and accurate information on Germany than the British government. Recognizing the horrifying truth, Churchill stood almost alone against Nazi aggression and the sordid British and French policy of appeasement.

Manchester's luminous portrait never loses sight of Churchill the man-a man with limitations, especially his callousness toward others (including his supporters) and his recklessness, which could border on the foolhardy; but also a man whose vision was global and whose courage was boundless. Here is Churchill as a light in the approaching darkness, readying himself for the terrible stand to come.
 

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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. 816 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Manchester closes on a triumphant note: the May 19, 1940, radio address in which Churchill enjoined the British to brace for battle and "their finest hour."

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Whereas Hitler was famously known as an artist manqué, Churchill “came at every issue with a painter’s eye,” whether developing a battle plan for the invasion of Italy or “parsing geopolitical matters such as continental hegemony.” The great-man theory of history, too, may be passé in academia, b...

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So, what we get in ''The Last Lion'' is a now-familiar montage of pictures: Churchill as the neglected son of a socialite mother and a syphilitic father, Churchill as an unhappy schoolboy at Harrow, Churchill in India and South Africa, Churchill in the House of Commons.

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Publishers Weekly

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Though devastated, Churchill remained the party leader, returning to office in 1951 to preside over a declining empire and escalating cold war until a repeatedly postponed retirement in 1955.

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However, based on his review of medical records and diaries, Mr. Reid concludes that Churchill was “blessed with a remarkable constitution, one which disposed of alcohol with exceptional efficiency.” He adds that “slides into outright drunkenness were extraordinarily rare for Churchill, though th...

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It would look especially so once the Americans entered the war and Churchill found himself pitted against President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who demanded the upper hand for his commanders — as is the norm for the U.S. When plans were drawn up for the Allied invasion of Europe — Operation Overlo...

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Christian Science Monitor

Winston Churchill was one of the central statesmen of the 20th century and, almost 50 years after his death, remains a subject of enduring fascination.

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Dallas News

An $8 million gift will create the National Churchill Library and Center at the university, which will include rare books and research materials, in collaboration with Churchill institutions in Britain Eight years after William Manchester’s death, the final volume of The Last Lion, his ep...

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The Boston Globe

There are two stories packed inside the massive third volume of “The Last Lion,’’ the breathtaking biography of Winston Churchill started by the legendary William Manchester and completed, after his death, by Paul Reid.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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World War II Database

Readers of my book reviews probably already noticed that I am a big fan of the author William Manchester, so when I picked up the Last Lion: Alone, 1932-1940, one could only imagine this history nerd's anxiousness before actually digging into the book.

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