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The Last Lion Box Set: Winston Spencer Churchill, 1874 - 1965: 1,2,3 by [Manchester, William, Reid, Paul]
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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: 36982 KB
  • Print Length: 3008 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Box edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CJZEY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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This is a long but incredible biography of arguably the most important world figure of the first half of the 20th century. Many people are not aware of the pervasive roll Churchill played in most of the major world events of the first 50 years of the last century. When you finish this trilogy, you literally feel like Winston Churchill is a close friend. This book is well worth the time and effort to learn about this most brilliant, but enigmatic figure. Highly recommended!!!
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Sunday, May 10, 2015, marked the 75th anniversary of arguably one of the most important events of World War II, an occurrence that actually may have done more to hasten the eventual Allied victory over Nazi Germany than any other, although that couldn't be known at the time.

On that day, Britain's government, led by Neville Chamberlain, fell, and a man emerged from eight years in the political "wilderness" to take the reins of political power...

That man: Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill.

Sir Winston S. Churchill has been the subject of several fine biographies in recent years. "Winston S. Churchill," by Sir Martin Gilbert, is the seven-volume "official" biography of Britain's greatest statesman; "Churchill: A Life," also by Gilbert, is an outstanding one-volume Churchill biography. Other excellent biographies have been penned by Max Hastings, Roy Jenkins, and Carlo D'Este. The best Churchill biography, however, is arguably the three-volume "The Last Lion," by the late American historian William Manchester (1922-2004).

"The Last Lion: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932," published in 1983, is the first volume of Manchester's three-volume biography covering the long life and political career of Winston S. Churchill. The second volume, "The Last Lion: Alone, 1932-1940," in which Manchester tells the story of Churchill's eight years in the political "wilderness," appeared in 1988. And the final volume - "The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965," co-authored by Manchester and Paul Reid, hit the bookshelves in November 2012.

VISIONS OF GLORY, 1874-1932 (Volume I)

"The Last Lion: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932" is a superbly crafted and highly readable account of Winston S.
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