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

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Little, Brown, Oct 28, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 756 pages
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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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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill. Vol. 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

With the help of notable journalist Reid, Manchester here wraps up his magisterial biography of Winston Churchill, begun with 1983's Visions of Glory, 1874–1932 and 1988's Alone, 1932–1940. (After he ... Read full review

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Each book in the trilogy is excellent. 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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