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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 Hardcover – November 6, 2012

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*Starred Review* The second volume of the late Manchester’s Churchill biography (The Last Lion: Alone,
1988) left its audience in suspense with Churchill’s appointment as British prime minister in May 1940 and in
anticipation of how Manchester would present Churchill’s and Britain’s finest hour in WWII. Foiled by illness,
Manchester tapped Paul Reid, who has magnificently completed Manchester’s work. Opening with a character sketch of
Churchill in his multifaceted guises of sentimentality, egotistical insensitivity, and brilliance, Reid dives into
Churchill’s war leadership in 1940 that is the cynosure of his place in history. Reid’s got the research right, down to
the day, down to the minute. He shows Churchill defying Hitler and appeasers––the French leadership and figures in the
British government––who even in 1940 thought peace could be arranged with the triumphant Nazis. As Reid chronicles
Churchill’s public speeches, communications, and strategy sessions, he affords regular glimpses at Churchill’s private
aspects—his wittiness, sybaritic consumption of scotch and cigars, and moods bordering on depression. If reading
Churchill’s life after 1945 entails an unavoidably anticlimactic quality, Reid nevertheless ably chronicles its main
events of writing his WWII memoirs and assuming his second premiership of 1951–55. Manchester was one of the best
Churchill biographers, and this capstone to his magnum opus ought not be missed. --Gilbert Taylor

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"[Reid's] palpable enthusiasm at thinking about Churchill demonstrates once again...the grip this iconic
figure can still exercise on the imagination....Reid...use[s] his journalist's eye to pick up on small details or points
of color that illustrate a wider truth."―Richard Aldous, New York Times Book Review

"Masterful.... It was worth the wait.... The collaboration completes the Churchill portrait in a seamless manner,
combining the detailed research, sharp analysis and sparkling prose that readers of the first two volumes have come to
expect."―Associated Press

"Mr. Reid...following Manchester's lead,...dutifully includes both the admiring and disparaging remarks of Churchill's
colleagues and contemporaries, presenting everyone's take with equanimity."―Wall Street Journal

"This book is superb. It has tremendous pace, rich detail and immense drama."―Washington Post

"Reid has produced a third Last Lion...that is both magisterial and humane. Cue the trumpets."―Vanity Fair

"It's a must-read finale for those who loved Manchester's first two books."―USA Today

"The final volume of Manchester's life of Winston Churchill is majestic and inspiring."―People

"Masterful... [and] breathtaking....Reid...finished the race with agility, grace, and skill....This is a book that is
brilliant and beautiful, evocative and enervating."―Boston Globe

"Reid has produced a volume about the climax of Churchill's career which ably captures the fullness of the story....
Reid's narrative...is straightforward, well written, and compelling."―Steven F. Hayward, The Weekly Standard

"The long-delayed majestic account of Winston Churchill's last 25 years is worth the wait....Manchester (and Reid)
matches the outstanding quality of biographers such as Robert Caro and Edmund Morris, joining this elite bank of writers
who devote their lives to one subject."―Publishers Weekly

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