Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester's 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 portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action. This volume brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation's military response and defense, compelled President Roosevelt to support 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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by William Manchester
by Paul Collier, Alexander Betts
by William W. Johnstone
by Colin Cotterill
by William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone
"Reid renders a masterful completion of William Manchester's exhaustive biography of Winston Churchill. The scope and detail contained in this final volume covering WWII through Churchill's final days allow an intimate examination of events and personalities of this turbulent time. Clive Chafer's presentation is outstanding, with his mellow British accent remaining authentic and easy on the ear throughout. Pacing is everything in a book of this length, and Chafer's perfect tempo moves the text briskly along while allowing listeners to absorb the riveting detail. He employs the lightest touch with pace and tone to indicate shifts from narrative to quoted material. This pairing of gifted authors and expert narrator turns an initially intimidating audiobook into that perfect choice for a long winter's listen. M.O.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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