The Last Lion 3: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

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  • Title: The Last Lion 3: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
  • Author: William Manchester Paul Reid
  • ISBN: 9780316547703
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 brilliSpanning 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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    1. To read a well written biography, and memoirs for that fact, can be an exceptional experience. The Last Lion 3: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 is a superb example. I loved all three parts of Winston Churchill's life story. Despite the death of William Manchester, Paul Reid did a superb job of concluding it. It was not the same, and we couldn't expected it to be just from the fact they are two different individuals, but was exceptionally done. I suffered along with Ch [...]

    2. This outstanding narrative biography covers Churchill’s life from his return to government as Lord of the Admiralty soon after war broke out and on through his six years as prime minister during the war and beyond that to his death in 1965. The unfolding of the whole war from Churchill’s perspective was so compelling I almost didn’t want the book to end, despite a commitment that involved weeks with the audiobook version. It felt pretty mind expanding to be commuting along or stacking wood [...]

    3. Manchester chose wisely.Having written the first two volumes of The Last Lion, and then taken ill, Manchester could have tried an amanuensis, could have named any of hundreds of credentialed historians, or, for that matter, could just have let the project die unfulfilled. Yet he chose Paul Reid, who came with Marines to visit the author, to talk of the war and baseball. And came, invited, again and again. Like those of us who have waited 24 years, Paul Reid must surely have known he held a sacre [...]

    4. I am sorry to say that Volume 3 did not come close to the two that preceded it. Lost was Manchester's turn of the phrase and grandiose style. This volume focused far too much on the minutiae of the war and far too little on the 20 years that followed it.I challenge any reader to find any passage that even approaches this one from Volume I:England's new leader, were he to prevail, would have to stand for everything England's decent, civilized Establishment had rejected. They viewed Adolph Hitler [...]

    5. On May 10, 1940, King George VI accepted Neville Chamberlain’s resignation as prime minister of the United Kingdom and its empire. Early that morning, Hitler had unleashed the German blitzkrieg on the Low Countries initiating the western front of the European Theater of the greatest war in human history. Before the day ended, King George had appointed the sixty-five-year-old Winston Churchill to replace Chamberlain and lead the government and its war effort to oppose Hitler. Thus, begins DEFEN [...]

    6. Description: 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 supportin [...]

    7. This is a magnificent conclusion to the life of Winston Churchill. It covers the period from May 1940 to when he died in January of 1965. It is the last volume of William Manchester’s trilogy on the life of this really oversized personality. This book just shines with so many stirring passages of the events of the era – Dunkirk, the air battles that saved England, El Alamein His interaction and conflicts with those surrounding him, like Alan Brooke (Chief of the Imperial General Staff) and H [...]

    8. Three hundred some odd pages in. I've read a fair amount about Churchill over the years, since reading the first two last lion books. There are a lot of good, and very good biographies of the man available. This is an excellent biography. It is more Paul Reid than William Manchester, but he has done an excellent job. He does not hesitate to leave the main narration to explain subtle points.After I finished it, I forgot to update the review. This book is excellent

    9. I read the first two volumes years ago and was awaiting the third, but as Manchester got older and older I was afraid he would never finish it. Evidently he was afraid too and finally enlisted journalist Paul Reid to finish it. Manchester had done most of the research. The book finally came out last fall.Manchester is, in my opinion, one of the best writers on contemporary history, well history written for the general public at least, though his books are wide ranging including a biog of Mencken [...]

    10. Oh my God, the conclusion to the greatest biography in the history of biographies! I never thought this book would get completed after Manchester died. I cannot express how urgently I want to read this book.

    11. In the final volume of the Churchill biography, Manchester hands over the reins to Paul Reid. Hand-picked by the great biographer after a debilitating stroke, Reid picks up with Churchill holding the reins of power as Hitler has begun his sweep across Europe. Using Manchester’s style of historical writing and attention to detail, Reid plays the storyteller of the greatest part of Churchill’s life, the Second World War. The narrative shows both triumphs and pitfalls that could turn Churchill [...]

    12. This is the third volume in a three volume series, a biography of Winston Churchill, begun by William Manchester. When it came time for the third volume, health problems forced Manchester to seek assistance--and Paul Reid finished the work after Manchester's death. Despite that sad history, the book works well and completes the trilogy very well.This volume covers Churchill's life from 1940 until his death in 1965. At the outset, Churchill is named Prime Minister, achieving the goal of a lifetim [...]

    13. Americans suffer every day of their lives (individually and nationally) for their virtually complete ignorance of history. William Spencer Churchill was (my opinion) the greatest citizen of the world in the 20th century, making this book is a “must-read” for those seeking to understand the modern world. “Defender of The Realm” tells the story of Churchill’s life from his ascendancy into the Prime Minister’s job in 1940 until his death in 1965. Churchill’s finest hour was likely the [...]

    14. A truly fascinating look into the life of Winston Churchill. I definately recommend this book to anyone who is interested in WWII or in history. I enjoyed the insights into Churchill's life not only as the Prime Minister, but also as a member of the British aristocracy. There is never much written in history texts about Churchill and that was the only previous way I had learned about him, so this book was a great breath of fresh air. Now I'll have to read the first two installments to cover what [...]

    15. Winston Churchill is perhaps the most quotable politician who ever lived. In a season of shedding books, I'm considering buying a hardback compendium of Churchill quotes. One of my favorites from this book regarding another politician: Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened. I began Manchester's great work ( /Reid on the third) with the last volume, the only one available at my online digital library. Volume 1, Visions of [...]

    16. This third and final volume in the Churchill biography covers the war and the period in which Churchill earned his place as the 2nd greatest man in the history of the Earth, 2nd only to Abraham Lincoln.World War II was the greatest human event in the history of the earth as a result of the creation of the modern world of democracy in the West and the end of Europe's imperial colonial empires. Churchill earned his place in history not by winning the war since it was the factories and ship yards o [...]

    17. We already knew from the first two volumes, and from Manchester's reputation as a historian in other realms, that this book had the potential to be great. The concerns were two - would the coverage of Churchill during WW2 be too hagiographic, and would Paul Reid be able to take over from the deceased Manchester and finish the three-volume Churchill history in seamless fashion? The book passed both tests with flying colors. This is a massive 1000-page tome that tries to give an overview of WW2 wh [...]

    18. Naively I used to think that the Brits would be speaking German if it had not been for Churchill; after reading/listening to this Amazing history -53 hour 27min - found that there would not be England as we know it or Europe or perhaps US. Hitler had plans to conquer Britain take all the men to slave labor camps . One can only imagine their fate and the fate of the whole world if Churchill had not lead the fight. This book give thorough history of WWII and could pass as a history book. It shoul [...]

    19. This is the final volume of William Manchester's great historical trilogy covering the life of Winston Churchill. It was completed and published a number of years after his June, 2004 death by his friend Paul Reid. Manchester's failing health prevented him from being able to put words to print since at least 2001. Reid had befriended him several years earlier but it wasn't until late 2003, literally months before his death, that Manchester finally enlisted Reid to finish the book.It is interesti [...]

    20. In my review of volume II of William Manchester's magnum opus biography of Winston Churchill, The Last Lion, I said the following in anticipation of beginning the third and final volume: "Thankfully, volume III was finished after his death by an author of his choosing, but it would have been invaluable to have Manchester at the height of his powers, as he is here, to finish the story." Now after having finished the final volume, The Last Lion 3: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, [...]

    21. When most people hear the name Winston Churchill, they typically think of him in the realm of his role as Prime Minister during World War II. By reading this book, I learned a lot about that time, and the struggles that he faced as he guided Britain through the war. Little did I know just what he went through, dealing with the challenges of tackling Soviet Russia, the United States, as well as fighting the Germans, and the tempests within Parliament. Also, Churchill had a lot to deal with follow [...]

    22. In an author’s note preceding The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm, co-author Paul Reid describes how William Manchester eventually chose him to write the final book of his three volume biography of Winston Churchill. Manchester wrote the first two volumes in the 1980’s, but age and increasingly poor health were preventing him from completing the final volume. After suffering a stroke that inhibited his ability to write, Manchester thought the work would never be completed. Despite many sugg [...]

    23. I'd very much enjoyed the original two volumes by William Manchester, and Paul Reid makes a good job of the difficult task of completing the last volume of the late Manchester's work. If Reid falls at all short of Manchester's prose style, it is only very slightly. Like Manchester he provides us with a wealth of (sometimes contradictory) quotes from those who worked with Churchill, both positive and negative, and an even larger helping of Churchill's own words. Despite it's massive length it rip [...]

    24. William Manchester wrote the first two volumes of his planned Winston Churchill biography (The Last Lion: Visions of Glory and The Last Lion: Alone) before suffering several strokes that resulted in his inability to continue writing. This third volume was written by Paul Reid based on Manchester's notes and research and covers Churchill's life starting with his return from political exile during World War II to his death.In some ways, Paul Reid had an impossible task. William Manchester was a ly [...]

    25. Along with David McCullough, William Manchester is my favorite biographer. His first volume of The Last Lion is my all time favorite biography and I have read hundreds of biographies.I read volume 1 in 1984 and volume 2 in 1988. I looked forward to reading volume 3 and as the years went by Manchester felt he was not going to be able to finish it do to the affects of aging. Lucky for us, Paul Reid took on the difficult task of finishing the work from Manchester´s notes. It is not possible to com [...]

    26. I read this because it is a part of the Rory Gilmore reading challenge and, being a history major, I love to learn about historical figures I don't know much about. I went into this with very little knowledge of Churchill and not really knowing what to expect. Now that I'm finished, I want to read every book ever written about this man. Clearly he had his faults, but what a dynamic character Churchill was. I had bouts of real emotion while reading this book. I legitimately cried over some parts [...]

    27. A detailed and engrossing look at a remarkable man, Winston Churchill, who led England during the traumatic and dangerous period of 1940- 1945. The authors demonstrated his dominance of the English war effort both in civilian and military arenas. Think of the range of issues that the English faced including their very survival as an independent and democratic nation/empire. The early evacuation of Dunkirk, the blitz of London, the Battle of the Atlantic where the U-Boats success had crippled mer [...]

    28. A fine finish to this extensive and detailed biography of the one the greatest men of the 20th century. A vast majority of the biography covers the war years, as Churchill goes it alone against the Nazis and forges a relationship with FDR, and dealing with the British military. With America's, and the Soviet Union's entry into the war, Churchill begins to see the waning strength and influence of Britain as a world power. Thus truly by wars end taking a backseat to the decisions of Post War Europ [...]

    29. THE LAST LION: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 (Book #3 The Last Lion) ● by William Manchesuter, Paul ReidA biography covering the life of Winston Churchill, (1874 - 1965) in 3 volumes. This is the third volume covering Churchill's life from 1940 untill his death in 1965.Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, a British politician and statesman served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945. Post-war he lost his re-election as PM, to the big gov [...]

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