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

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Little, Brown, Nov 6, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 1232 pages
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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.

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THE LAST LION: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A (very) posthumous study of the late, great British leader by the late, great popular historian, aided by journalist Reid.Just before Manchester (A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the ... Read full review

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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About the author (2012)

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.

Paul Reid is an award-winning journalist. In late 2003 his friend, William Manchester, in failing health, asked Paul to complete The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm. He lives in North Carolina.

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