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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory… (1983)

by William Manchester

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    American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964 by William Manchester (weloytty)
    weloytty: Another biography of a towering twentieth century political/military figure by the same author. Neither are without error or bias, but they are a wonderful introduction to either figure as well as great examples of popular biographies.
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Biography of Winston Churchill - didn't finish reading
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Good book detailing the life of Winston Churchill. A lot of things will surprise the reader. An interesting character. ( )
  charlie68 | Mar 22, 2017 |
An amazing book about an amazing man. Beautifully written, thoroughly researched. ( )
  jvgravy | Mar 18, 2017 |
A tour de force by the author as well as the subject. ( )
  Urquhart | Sep 28, 2015 |
An exceptionally long biography of Churchill's "early" life, until about age 57. The salient point is that Churchill's primary strength was his mastery of the English language. He wielded language as a sharp sword. It helped that he was born gifted, a rare intellect with almost perfect memory recall. This recall allowed him to become an oratory genius who could memorize long speeches ahead of time word for word. I hope to get to the next volume but need a break, this volume peters out towards the end as the 1920s were drifting compared to his earlier years. By 1932 he was already becoming old-fashioned, out of style and replaced by more modernist forces. But the reactionary Hitler and Stalin would make him relevant again. ( )
  Stbalbach | May 9, 2015 |
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The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, if he wins, knows the thrills of high achievement, and, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
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To MARY and CHARTWELL
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The French had collapsed. The Dutch had been overwhelmed. The Belgians had surrendered. The British army, trapped, fought free and fell back toward the Channel ports, converging on a fishing town whose name was then spelled Dunkerque.
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"No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe soldiers, nothing is safe."
"A race which has suffered defeat can be rescued by restoring its self-confidence."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316545031, Hardcover)

William Manchester met Winston Churchill on January 24, 1953. Their encounter on the Queen Mary sparked an intense curiosity in Manchester that would eventually result in his classic three-volume magnum opus The Last Lion.

In this, the first volume, we follow Churchill from his birth to 1932, when he began to warn against the remilitarization of Germany. Born of a lovely, wanton American mother and a gifted but unstable son of a duke, his childhood was one of wretched neglect. He sought glory on the battlefields of Cuba, Sudan, India, South Africa and the trenches of France. In Parliament he was the prime force behind the creation of Iraq and Jordan, laid the groundwork for the birth of Israel, and negotiated the independence of the Irish Free State. Yet, as Chancellor of the Exchequer he plunged England into economic crisis, and his fruitless attempt to suppress Gandhi's quest for Indian independence brought political chaos to Britain.

Throughout, Churchill learned the lessons that would prepare him for the storm to come, and as the 1930's began, he readied himself for the coming battle against Nazism--an evil the world had never before seen.

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Details the first fifty-eight years of a man whose ambitions and serious flaws made him one of the world's most powerful leaders, placing Churchill's prewar career against the backdrop of the collapse of the British Empire.

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