Admirers of the first two volumes of the Winston Churchill biography "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill" wrote off their chances of ever seeing the third and final book when the author died in 2004. The third volume, however, was completed by journalist Paul Reid and released in 2012.
Covering a 25-year period from 1940 to 1965, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm begins as Churchill takes the office of Prime Minister. Unfortunately for Churchill, this came just as his small-but-powerful nation was being attacked by its European neighbor, Nazi Germany.
Defender of the Realm takes an in-depth look at Churchill's work during and after the war. From his organization of Britain's military response to the actions he took to bolster support from the United States and other allies, the book shows a man leading a country could have easily been torn apart by either war or politics.
Churchill's intellect, courage and will are evident in Defender of the Realm, but the book isn't entirely focused on the man. Churchill played such an active, hands-on role as both Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Britain during World War II that his life is deeply intertwined with the political side of Britain's involvement in the war. While it doesn't delve into military practices, the book looks at the political decisions and their ramifications.
William Manchester was a biographer and historian, writing 18 bestselling books and winning numerous awards. He also received the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award. After suffering two strokes, Manchester announced that Reid would pick up where he left off. Reid was a close friend of Manchesters, as well as a political writer for COX Newspapers. T his volume took more than 20 years to come to fruition, partially because Manchester only enlisted the help of Reid shortly before his death in 2004. Reid then had to review Manchester's notes from his previous research, complete his own research and finally write the book.