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

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Dell Pub., Apr 1, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 992 pages
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When Winston Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace in 1874, Imperial Britain stood at the splendid pinnacle of her power. Yet within a few years the Empire would hover on the brink of catastrophe. Against this backdrop, a remarkable man began to build his legacy. From master biographer William Manchester, The Last Lion: Visions of Glory reveals the first fifty-eight years of the life of an adventurer, aristocrat, soldier, and statesman whose courageous leadership guided the destiny of his darkly troubled times—and who is remembered as one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century.

Praise for The Last Lion: Visions of Glory

“Absolutely magnificent . . . a delight to read . . . one of those books you devour line by line and word by word and finally hate to see end.”—Russell Baker


“Manchester has read further, thought harder, and told with considerable verve what is mesmerizing in [Churchill's] drama. . . . One cannot do better than this book.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“An altogether absorbing popular biography . . . The heroic Churchill is in these pages, but so is the little boy writing forlorn letters to the father who all but ignored him.”People

“Superb . . . [Manchester] pulls together the multitudinous facets of one of the richest lives ever to be chronicled. . . . Churchill and Manchester were clearly made for each other.”Chicago Tribune

“A vivid, thoroughly detailed biography of the Winston Churchill nobody knows.”Boston Herald

“Adds a grand dimension . . . rich in historical and social contexts.”—Time

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Brilliant research, well written. - Goodreads
I enjoyed the writing. - Goodreads
And one of the best written in terms of the prose. - Goodreads
I like the writing style so far. - Goodreads
William Manchester is a great historical writer. - Goodreads
The author's writing style was captivating. - Goodreads

Review: The Last Lion 1: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 (The Last Lion #1)

User Review  - Aaron Crofut - Goodreads

It took me a month, but it was a month well spent. So many different avenues of thought: the role of the British aristocracy in a functioning democratic government, the nature of education, political ... Read full review

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

User Review  - George Serebrennikov - Goodreads

It is a great book: informative, easy to read, full of facts. As in the first volume, Mr. Manchester does not concentrate on the Churchill alone, but provides a great deal of information, about the ... Read full review

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About the author (1984)

William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and renowned biographer. In addition to the three volumes of The Last Lion, his books include Goodbye, Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, and The Death of a President, as well as assorted works of journalism. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award. He passed away in 2004.

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