9780316547703

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

Manchester, William; Reid, Paul

ISBN 10: 0316547700 / 0-316-54770-0
ISBN 13: 9780316547703
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Hardcover
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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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Book Description: Little, Brown and Company, New York, Boston & London, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New hardcover 1st edition, 5th printing (2012), new unclipped mylar-protected jacket showing orig. $40.00 price on inside front flyleaf, handsome library-durable black fabric-over-boards cover w/ titles silver-stamped on spine & w/ sharp new edges & corners, immaculate text-block exterior, new sewn binding w/ tight signatures & crimson cloth bands at spine-caps, pristine interior handsomely printed on superb unblemished silk-finish paper * 6.25" x 9.50" x 2.42, 1.66 kg, xvi+1182 (1198) pp. * List of Maps (xi), Author's Note (xiii), Prelude: The Lion Hunted (1), Postscript 1955-1965 (1037), Source Notes (1055), Copyright Acknowledgments (1113), Index (1115) * 8 b-w line maps * Illustrations: 2 inserts of excellent b-w photographs: 25 photos after p. 436 & 28 photos after p. 792 * Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Kirkus Reviews & Book-list: Here at last is the concluding volume of William Manchester's towering & magisterial three-volume biography of one of the few greatest figures of the 20th century: THE LAST LION: WINSTON SSPENCER CHURCHILL. Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, THE LAST LION: DEFENDER OF THE REALM, 1940-1965 begins shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister, when Great Britain stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill so brilliantly brought back to life by William Manchester & Paul Read is a man of indomitable courage, profound intellect & an irresistible will to action. In brilliant prose informed by decades of research, William Manchester & Paul Reid recount how Churchill organized his nation's military response & defense, compelled FDR to support America's beleaguered cousins, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped win the war, while at the same time resisting (w/o success) the inevitable shift in world power from the British Empire to the United States. We see Churchill, driven from office, warning the world of the coming Soviet menace & hear him speak in opposition to the socialist policies of the Labour government. After his triumphant return to 10 Downing Street, we follow Churchill as he pursues his final policy goal, a "summit at the top" w/ President Dwight Eisenhower & the Soviet bosses. And finally, we witness Churchill's last years, when, hobbled by ill health & age, he faces the end w/ the same courage he brought to every battle he ever fought. * "Majestic! This book is superb. It has tremendous pace, rich detail & immense drama." - The Washington Post * "Masterful . . . The collaboration completes the Churchill portrait in a seamless manner, combining the detailed research, sharp analysis & sparkling prose that readers of the first two volumes have come to expect." - Associated Press * "Matches the outstanding quality of biographers such as Robert Caro and Edmund Morris, joining this elite bank of writers who devote their lives to one subject." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) * "Breathtaking. Brilliant & beautiful, evocative." - The Boston Globe * "A must-read finale for those who loved Manchester's first two books." - USA Today * "The final volume is . . . majestic and inspiring." - People * "One of the most thorough treatments of Churchill so far produced." - Library Journal (starred review). Bookseller Inventory # 006583

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