Last Lion, The: Volume 1: Winston Churchill Visions of Glory 1874 - 1932

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Little, Brown, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 992 pages
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William Manchester met Winston Churchill on January 24, 1953. Their encounter on the Queen Mary sparked an intense curiosity in Manchester that would eventually result in his classic three-volume magnum opus The Last Lion.

In this, the first volume, we follow Churchill from his birth to 1932, when he began to warn against the remilitarization of Germany. Born of a lovely, wanton American mother and a gifted but unstable son of a duke, his childhood was one of wretched neglect. He sought glory on the battlefields of Cuba, Sudan, India, South Africa and the trenches of France. In Parliament he was the prime force behind the creation of Iraq and Jordan, laid the groundwork for the birth of Israel, and negotiated the independence of the Irish Free State. Yet, as Chancellor of the Exchequer he plunged England into economic crisis, and his fruitless attempt to suppress Gandhi's quest for Indian independence brought political chaos to Britain.

Throughout, Churchill learned the lessons that would prepare him for the storm to come, and as the 1930's began, he readied himself for the coming battle against Nazism--an evil the world had never before seen.

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Review: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 (The Last Lion #1)

User Review  - Jim Zubricky - Goodreads

This book is like a fine wine -- one you don't want to gulp in one sitting (and you really can't)... but instead, you sip from this book and savor over a span of a month or two (or in my case, year ... Read full review

Review: The Last Lion 2: Winston Spencer Churchill Alone, 1932-40 (The Last Lion #2)

User Review  - Peter Bistolarides - Goodreads

William Manchester's impeccable research and narrative style made this, again, a thoroughly enjoyable read just like the first volume. We don't hear much about Churchill's wilderness years when he was ... Read full review

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About the author (1988)

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.

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