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 1940-1965. Answer: 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).