“Absolutely magnificent . . . a delight to read . .
. one of those books you devour line by line and word by word and
finally hate to see end.”—Russell Baker
“Manchester has read further, thought harder, and told with
considerable verve what is mesmerizing in [Churchill’s] drama. .
. . One cannot do better than this book.”—The Philadelphia
“An altogether absorbing popular biography . . . The heroic
Churchill is in these pages, but so is the little boy writing
forlorn letters to the father who all but ignored him.”—People
“Superb . . . [Manchester] pulls together the multitudinous
facets of one of the richest lives ever to be chronicled. . . .
Churchill and Manchester were clearly made for each
“A vivid, thoroughly detailed biography of the Winston Churchill
nobody knows.”—Boston Herald
“Adds a grand dimension . . . rich in historical and social
About the Author
William Manchester was a hugely successful popular
historian and renowned biographer. In addition to the three
volumes of The Last Lion, his books include Goodbye, Darkness, A
World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of
Krupp, American Caesar, and The Death of a President, as well as
assorted works of journalism. He was awarded the National
Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award. He
passed away in 2004.
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932