“The Last Lion” Volume III is Published

by Richard M. Langworth on 5 March 2009

Over 400 read­ers asked when we will see the third and final vol­ume  of William Manchester’s Churchill biog­ra­phy, The Last Lion: Win­ston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm 1940-1965Answer: Ama­zon was ship­ping copies as of mid-October 2012—only twenty-four years since Vol­ume II!

Mr. Reid kindly asked me to proof the man­u­script for Vol­ume III, as did Mr. Man­ches­ter for Vol­ume II.

This will be good news to the many Man­ches­ter fans who have waited for years. Paul Reid’s vol­ume is writ­ten in the Man­ches­ter style, as dra­matic and grip­ping as the first two vol­umes. Read com­ments below for more details.

Finest Hour has pub­lished two pow­er­ful excerpts from Defender of the Realm. Back issues are avail­able through The Churchill Cen­tre in Chicago (888-WSC-1874). These arti­cles and a trib­ute to Man­ches­ter are also posted on the Centre’s web­site. For the fol­low­ing .pdfs, visit the Finest Hour page and select the issue you wish to download:

Excerpt 1: “The Fall of France” (Finest Hour 109, Win­ter 2000-01)

Excerpt 2: “Undaunted by Odds: the Bat­tle of Britain” (Finest Hour 124, Autumn 2004)

William Man­ches­ter Obit­u­ary (Finest Hour 123, Sum­mer 2004). 


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