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The Last Lion by William Manchester
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it was amazing
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This one has been on my shelf for years, after reading much on Churchill, including the first volume of the Gilbert (total of eight volumes) biography, I found a small amount of some new facts not touched on before, but it mostly covers the same ground of Churchill's early life, and career, from his early childhood being basically ignored by his mother and not liked by his father. He made it on his own in the world serving as a soldier, then war time correspondent in the Boer War, escaping a POW camp, traveling 300 miles over hostile territory to his freedom. By the time of his election to parliament a short time thereafter, he was already an author of three books. With that he started his climb from backbencher to a cabinet minister, until his downfall with the Gallipoli fiasco, here Churchill became the fall guy with no blame falling on the either the general or admiral who were involved with the campaign. Perhaps Manchester here is too sympathetic to Churchill, but some blame still should fall on him.
There is no doubt that Churchill is one of the greatest men of his time, not only being a soldier, statesman, writer, artist, but a great orator who never wavered from his beliefs, and even when down and out stuck to his convictions with risk to his own persona, finances, etc. Today, I cannot think of one politician who could hold a candle to this man on any level.
This volume the first in a planned three volume biography, which the first two were completed in Manchester's lifetime, with the third being completed from his notes years later.
For those who want to really understand the man and his times I must stress that this is a wonderful book, the narrative is so seamless and the pages fly by. Manchester's awe of his subject is certainly evident throughout the volume and justifyingly so.
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June 5, 2013 – Shelved
June 5, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
September 11, 2013 – Shelved as: biography
June 25, 2016 – Started Reading
July 13, 2016 – Finished Reading

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CatBookMom Great review.

Frank Thank you very much. Sometimes I put more into it when inspired.

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