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Extended Audio Sample The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Vol. 1: Visions of Glory, 1874–1932, by William Manchester Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,006 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Manchester Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the twentieth century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

In political office at the end of WWI, he foresaw the folly of Versailles and feared what a crippled Germany would do to the balance of power. In his years in the political wilderness from 1931 to 1939, he alone of all British public men continually raised his voice against Hitler and his appeasers. For over fifty years, he was constantly involved in, and usually at the center of, the most important events of his age. It was, however, his obduracy on matters of principle, his fortitude in the face of opposition, and his perseverance in standing alone that defined him.

As a biographer, William Manchester is the standard by which all others are measured. And when a writer of his caliber is matched with a subject as colorful as Winston Churchill, look for results that are magisterial. This, the first in a three-volume biography, is a momentous piece of work.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Adds a grand dimension…Rich in historical and social contexts.”

    Time

  • “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

  • “Superb.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Bedazzling.”

    Newsweek

  • A 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 Kit Redmond | 2/17/2014

    " Winston Churchill led one of the most fascinating lives that spanned the 19th and 20th century. He participated in one of the British Empire's last cavalry charges. His political life was a wild roller coaster ride of amazing triumphs and crushing defeats. This book and the following volume "The Last Lion - Winston Spencer Churchill- Alone 1932-1940 are well worth the time invested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Greg | 2/14/2014

    " His bio series on Winston Churchill is masterful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cristin | 2/9/2014

    " I could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Byron Gordon | 2/7/2014

    " Well written biography about a fascinating man. "

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