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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,829 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Manchester Narrator: Richard Brow Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This second volume in William Manchester’s three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill’s finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932–1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles. He was disowned by his own party, dismissed by the BBC and Fleet Street and the social and political establishments as a warmonger, and twice nearly lost his seat in Parliament. Churchill stood almost alone against Nazi aggression and the British and French pusillanimous policy of appeasement.

Manchester tracks with new insights this complex, fascinating history without ever losing sight of Churchill the man, a man whose vision was global and whose courage was boundless.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Manchester is not only a master of detail but also of ‘the big picture’…I daresay most Americans reading The Last Lion will relish it immensely.”

    National Review

  • “[Manchester] can claim the considerable achievement of having assembled enough powerful evidence to support Isaiah Berlin’s judgment of Churchill as the largest human being of our time.”

    Alistair Cooke

  • “A triumph…Equal in stature to the first volume of the series.”


  • “William Machester gives us a revealing portrait of a world about to come to a boil and a man about to become a symbol of of time.”

    David Willis McCullough

  • “The second volume in Manchester’s masterly three-part biography…limns as well as lionizes the aging Tory during his political exile…An eloquent and evenhanded appreciation.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alexw | 2/15/2014

    " It was very interesting and I enjoyed it very much. Although it was very long book, it was extremely specific and factual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scarlett | 2/13/2014

    " a brilliantly written account of Churchill pre Wwii. also acquaints one w the major players in Britian in the years leading to WW2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas D. Zweifel | 2/1/2014

    " if you love biographies, get this one (both vol. 1 and 2). the most soaring prose that rivals that of churchill himself. read especially the love letters to his wife, they revealed a side of churchill mostly unknown to the public and moved me to tears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Greg | 1/24/2014

    " Churchill was a man of true grit and perseverance, and his story is covered beautifully in this second volume of his biography. This volume chronicles the time of his political exile due to the stubbornness of his opinions and their lack of popularity with the rest of the MPs. As we all know, he rises to glory, apotheosized for his clairvoyance on the Nazi threat and proven capability as a military leader. "

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