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The Last Lion Box Set: Winston Spencer Churchill, 1874 - 1965: 1,2,3 [Kindle Edition]

William Manchester , Paul Reid
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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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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Praise for THE LAST LION, volumes 1 & 2:

"Manchester has read further, thought harder, and told with considerable verve what is mesmerizing in its drama...One cannot do better than this book."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Bedazzling"—Newsweek

"Manchester has such control over a huge and moving narrative, such illumination of character...That he 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, The New Yorker

About the Author

Paul Reid is an award-winning journalist. In late 2003 his friend, William Manchester, in failing health, asked Paul to complete The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm. He lives in North Carolina.

William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, The Death of the President, and assorted works of journalism.

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  • File Size: 33367 KB
  • Print Length: 3008 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Box edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CJZEY2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The content is top drawer for sure, but, for the price and weight of these heavy hardbacks one would expect they would not only be bound in stitches, but would have to be stitched out of necessity. They are not. These volumes have been bound in glue, not stitches. If they get too cold and are opened too soon they will crack. As they dry out (and they will) the spines will split and break. Pages will eventually fall out. If these books are studied and actually worked with, they will in short time, just fall apart. How many times have we found an excellent work such as this, that has been rendered difficult to handle and read with actual pages missing? And the creators of this obsolescence have the audacity to call it " perfect binding "! If this boxed set would be properly bound I would give 5 stars as the content is very well researched and written.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art! March 28, 2013
By Gerry
Format:Hardcover
I read all three volumes between 9 February and 23 March, 2013 on my commute to and from the office daily. The three volume set is not a collection of books, words, or stories. It is a painting, an artistic account of the most important Politician and Statesman of the 20th century. The painting within these pages flows and weaves with the song of history, historical significance, humor, sadness, and laughter. The first two volumes I read went by faster than I had hoped. Once picking up the first book and reading the preamble then prologue provided the "setting" of the world in England as one little Winston S. Churchill would be born on 1874. The second volume I realized was finished much too soon - I simply could not put this book down. Periodically I was reading some MLB baseball MVP stories - I did this to hold fast those pages within "Last Lion" of information for pure rentive ability. I simply could not put either one of the three books down once I started. If you love detail this series is for you.

Any person interested in Churchill should read this series. Paul Reid did an excellent job with Volume III and I believe that William Manchester would be very proud of Mr. Reid's effort.

I would recommend that readers that have not before read anything by William R. Manchester that you consider reading "Goodbye Darkness" first, then maybe (time permitting and your schedule) "American Caesar: The Life of General Douglas MacArthur - 1880 to 1964". Reading these other books will give you a great introduction to William Manchester's writing style; we lost a legend when he passed away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Churchill biography January 20, 2014
By BERTA
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Extremely well written account of the life of Winston Churchill. The author doesn't fawn over Churchill; instead he points out the man's numerous faults and puts them in the context of the time. As an admitted Anglophile I relished the in depth history of England and the changes it went through during Churchill's lifetime. I can highly recommend this biography of a man both of and beyond his time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read November 10, 2013
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For Churchill fans, history buffs, or anyone who enjoys a good read. This is the definitive Churchill biography, exhaustively researched, masterfully written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manchester makes history current. July 8, 2013
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I'm not a big reader, but The Last Lion, has me captivated and I look forward to relishing the entire box set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By GLB
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As one interested in history including the men and women who influenced and shaped world events, I found these extensive volumes extremely helpful in understanding, not only Winston Churchill, but the events which took place during his extraordinary lifetime. The author does not gloss over the shortcomings of this brilliant man who had a hand in shaping the destiny not only of Great Britain, but the entire world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded My Expectations June 17, 2013
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I have always admired Churchill for his tremendous leadership during WWII, but this trilogy paints a rich tableau of Churchill throughout his life. It also provides a thorough description of each era he live in. These volumes are a tour de force.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read May 1, 2013
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I had previously read one volume "Alone". I bought the three set Kindle version and couldn't put it down. The last book revealed a lot more about the early days of World War II. I now know why my European friends still are upset about our involvement in World War II. We let Europe fight alone for a full three years (1939 to December 1941) while arguing for "America First" before we woke up. Josephe Kennedy and Charles Lindebergh did not do themselves proud. Thank God for Alan Turing and the others at Blechley
Park in England who broke the German Enigma code. We knew what the German's would do before every battle and it still took us four more years to win.

Hal Kellman
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Long but worth it.
Long but worth the effort if you are interested in Churchill
Published 22 days ago by J. Rowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read
I found this rather tedious and repetitious and thus not really a "good read." It seemed to be a better reference for a historian than a simple pleasure to read.
Published 1 month ago by Ancestorhunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great history
I am so happy this biography was completed. Shy of getting Churchill's works themselves, this is a grand biography. It's worth it for the opening introduction alone.
Published 1 month ago by A Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Lion Review.
Quite reviting. The research must have been monumental. This set will keep you going for months and not only show you the greatness of a premier leader but give you a lot of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Allen D. Adams, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars The books are superb!
I couldn't put down one of the books without thinking, What is next? The world was at the brink of disaster. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Renee Morawa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Lion by William Manchester.
William Manchester has hit a ringer. A very detailed life of one of the greatest persons of the 20th Century. W.S. Churchill.

Outstanding.
Published 3 months ago by John E. Henshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Manchester writes about Churchill
William Manchester is a wonderful writer, biographer and historian. I have read several of his books and this set is by far his crowning achievement. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David A. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO WOULD NOT WANT THIS ON THEIR LIBRARY SHELF OR COFFEE TABLE
Just started reading and can't put it down. There never has been anyone to match this man.
Brilliant and also entertaining.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set
I have always admired the individual volumes, but this set is a great deal. Construction of the individual books is very good, but maybe not as good as the individual volumes.
Published 4 months ago by chaosweb
5.0 out of 5 stars Churchill, a troublesome boy who became a remarkable man
You can read Churchill's 6 volume series covering the years of WWII, and I certainly recommend that you do. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DLU
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Agreed, and not only that but price has gone up $10.00 since December.

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