- Hardcover: 992 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (20 Jun. 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718122755
- ISBN-13: 978-0718122751
- Package Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 5.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill - Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 Hardcover – 20 Jun 1983
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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"
"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The result of Manchester's and Reid's efforts is a detailed, dense study of 1200 pages. The book offers a thorough, multi-faceted look at the complex statesman that was Winston Churchill, in his determination, devotion to Great Britain and to civilization, brilliance, and frequent pettiness. Because Churchill's personal life was inextricably intertwined with his public life, this book goes far beyond biography. It is a masterful political and military history of the WW II years and, to a lesser extent, of the years following.
Churchill the man is most in focus in the 50-page "Preamble" to the book.Read more ›
This volume begins just after Churchill took over as Prime Minister in the spring of 1940. At 1053 pages of closely printed text, it takes some time to read, but not one minute is wasted. The style closely follows the tone set by Manchester, and the scope of research, understanding of subject matter and presentation will impress ordinary readers and historians alike. Reid admires his subject but doesn't try to cover up Churchill's faults or mistakes.
In some ways this is a history of the war disguised as a Churchill biography. About 90% of the text covers the war while the last hundred pages or so takes the reader to the end of Churchill's life in 1965. But the approach serves to place Churchill's actions in their proper context.
I don't believe that there has ever been a Churchill biography that so underscores how desperate the situation was for both Britain and Churchill during the early years of the Second World War and how decisions taken during that time could not forsee how events would eventually unfold or that Britain would even survive. Millions of people truly believed and still do that Churchill was the last bulwark standing between them and a Nazi-dominated future. This book vividly makes clear why their adulation was justified.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A culturally rich biography showing a fairly balanced view of a great man. I felt he treated Churchill fairly and not through rose-coloured glasses, although one must always... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Randall Lee
I emphasise that my four stars award stands for the Kindle edition of this book. The dramatic pace of the narrative is first-rate and the story of Churchill's central role in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hywel James
Must read ! Whata great job the author does in documnenting and clarifying the deeds (good and bad) of Churchill - Its amazing to understand just how much Certainly Europe needs... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lola's
A great writer gives a uniquely American view of the greatest ever Briton.Published 15 months ago by Ed Harvey
I never expected a book with William Manchester's name on it to be so appallingly published. I also associated the name of the publisher with quality. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Molly Buchanan