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The Last Lion [Audio]


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William Manchester (1922-2004) was an award-winning American author, biographer, historian, and a professor emeritus of history at Wesleyan University. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award. Among his many New York Times bestselling books are two which made the #1 spot on the list: The Death of a President and The Last Lion: Alone. MELISSA FALKOWSKI is the journalism teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and ERIC GARNER is the broadcasting teacher. After the tragic February day in Parkland, they knew that the voices of their students needed to be heard. WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN is their story--written by the journalism students and creators of the school newspaper, The Eagle Eye. Paul Reid is an award-winning journalist and a former feature writer for Cox Newspapers. In late 2003 his friend, William Manchester, in failing health, asked him to complete The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm. He lives in North Carolina. Clive Chafer is a professional actor, director, producer, and theater instructor. Originally from England and educated at Leeds and Exeter universities, he has performed and directed at many theaters in the San Francisco area, where he makes his home, and elsewhere in the US. In 1993 he founded TheatreFIRST, Oakland's professional theater company, where he served as artistic director until 2008.


This third volume of Manchester's (American Caesar) massive biography of Churchill was incomplete when the author died in 2004; he passed the baton to Reid, who has done a marvelous job of patching and interpreting Manchester's notebooks into a coherent whole. The volume covers the years 1940-1965 in great detail and is nicely enhanced by Clive Chafer's narration. The authors relate that Adolf Hitler was nonplussed and unprepared when England refused to haggle or surrender like most of the European nations had done. As England stood alone, Churchill became the voice, the rallier, the bulwark for both England and the world at large. Verdict An essential purchase for public and academic libraries. ["This is a big book but reads easily, filled with anecdotes from the principals. Although not a practiced historian, Reid learned well from Manchester, and the finished book is a worthy conclusion to what must be considered one of the most thorough treatments of Churchill so far produced," read the review of the Little, Brown hc, LJ 10/1/12.-Ed.]-Don Wismer, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"A must-read finale."

-- "USA Today"

"Brilliant and beautiful, evocative."

-- "Boston Globe"

"Churchill is revealed, warts and all, as a complex man...The great majority of this volume is devoted to the war, which most will agree encompassed Churchill's finest hours... Manchester's magnum opus."

-- "Library Journal (starred review)"

"Churchill was the greatest man of the last century, and this is the greatest biography of him."

-- "John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author"

"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 details. 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. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award."

-- "AudioFile"

"Discover the steadfast courage and military brilliance of Winston Churchill...when he alone faced the threat of Nazi Germany."

-- "BookPage"

"Magnificently delineated...The story of Churchill and Britain in the Second World War...is vividly evoked by Manchester and Reid."

-- "Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)"

"Masterful...[with] the detailed research, sharp analysis, and sparkling prose that readers of the first two volumes have come to expect."

-- "Associated Press"

"Masters the details and sweep of an extraordinary story."

-- "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"

"The final volume is...majestic and inspiring."

-- "People"

"The long-delayed majestic account of Winston Churchill's last twenty-five years is worth the wait."

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review) "

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

-- "Washington Post"

"This is surely the best installment of the [series]...a winning, full-blooded biography."

-- "Newsday"

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