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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 Brown Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455169764
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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.”

    Newsday

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Jacobson | 1/18/2014

    " An engaging read. Unfortunately Manchester died before he finished the third volume of the Churchill Biography "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon Koenig | 1/17/2014

    " Fantastic study of WSC. Gearing up for volume 3 by Paul Reid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 1/7/2014

    " Remarkable telling of Winston Churchill's wilderness years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Mazur | 1/4/2014

    " Simply put in one word: Outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holley Peterson | 1/4/2014

    " Churchill's years out of power in a very readable version by Wm. Manchester. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 12/2/2013

    " The definitive Winston Churchill biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 11/30/2013

    " This man had remarkable persistence despite very few believing him. The style wasn't my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 10/24/2013

    " Part 2 of 2, "The Last Lion" is an amazing biography of one histories most influential characters that provides detail enough for you to feel that you know Churchill personally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonnie Enloe | 9/11/2013

    " good read if Churchill fan. Not so good if not "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth Wilkinson | 8/3/2013

    " Great book about a great man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Ahern | 1/23/2013

    " What biography should be: thorough, detailed, and engaging. This has it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 12/3/2012

    " A long read - but worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Lubin | 11/18/2012

    " The story of Winston Churchhill - the title says it all as Churchill sticks to his principles and works with FDR to defeat Hitler and save western civilization...not a bad way to be remembered, when you think about it ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/31/2012

    " A surprising amount of struggle for someone who seemed to have it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miles Phillips | 8/25/2012

    " Very interesting review of Churchill's life as he became Prime Minister and his struggles through World War II to save England. Long but worth the time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gilbert michaud | 6/11/2012

    " was published first in 1988 . great style of writing and this book brought more people to churchill than any other . but purple prose and hiostorical mistakes are in this book . book number three is yet to be published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc Warshawsky | 9/11/2011

    " Great read. Great man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 8/21/2011

    " what these books did NOT talk about was the fact that churchill was a racist bastard. i guess it's just ~the times~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 2/28/2011

    " One of my all-time favorite biographies. Manchester's research and analysis are always insightful and original, and his writing is almost as good as Churchill's. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terrie | 2/19/2011

    " Boring as hell, had to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 2/13/2011

    " Of course it was good; it was part of the same story as the last one! Now anticipating "Defender of the Realm" by Paul Reid, Manchester's friend whom he commissioned to complete the final volume about ten years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gilbert | 2/7/2011

    " was published first in 1988 . great style of writing and this book brought more people to churchill than any other . but purple prose and hiostorical mistakes are in this book . book number three is yet to be published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 7/3/2010

    " Churchill's life in the public eye---how he came to be Prime Minister. Interesting to know that he was defeated 3 times to Parliment, yet became Prime Minister. His social skills somewhat lacking as he dated or corresponded with his wife. He never gave up and that in the end was what mattered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miles | 6/16/2010

    " Very interesting review of Churchill's life as he became Prime Minister and his struggles through World War II to save England. Long but worth the time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/30/2010

    " Very awesome account of how one should stick to their convictions no matter how unpopular, especially when those convictions are well-founded. Highly recommend to World war II, British Politics, and History enthusiasts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip | 1/15/2010

    " Phenomenal – unfortunately Manchester died before writing the planed third and final volume. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth | 1/3/2010

    " Great book about a great man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 11/22/2009

    " The internal battles for power and developing a course to deal with Hitler "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 9/18/2009

    " extraordinarily detailed account of the low, mid-point of Churchill's career. "

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About the Author

William Manchester (1922–2004) was an award-winning American author, biographer, historian, and a professor emeritus of history at Wesleyan University. Among his many New York Times bestselling books are A World Lit Only by Fire; The Glory and the Dream; American Caesar; Goodbye, Darkness; and The Last Lion, a multivolume biography of Winston Churchill. He was also a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award.

About the Narrator

Richard Brown (1937–2005) (a.k.a. Joseph Porter), was a former ballet dancer, actor, and popular audiobook narrator. Born in England, Richard came to the United States early in his career and performed with numerous regional ballet companies. After retiring from the ballet, he pursued a career in acting and recorded dozens of audiobooks for numerous publishers.