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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Vol. 2:

Alone, 1932–1940

  • Read by: Richard Brown
  • Runtime: 36.4 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 1.1.2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
  • 36.38 hrs1/1/2008Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4551-6976-4
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A #1 New York Times Bestseller

National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century

This second volume in William Manchester’s three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill’s finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932–1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles. He was disowned by his own party, dismissed by the BBC and Fleet Street and the social and political establishments as a warmonger, and twice nearly lost his seat in Parliament. Churchill stood almost alone against Nazi aggression and the British and French pusillanimous policy of appeasement.

Manchester tracks with new insights this complex, fascinating history without ever losing sight of Churchill the man, a man whose vision was global and whose courage was boundless.

Editorial Reviews

“Manchester is not only a master of detail but also of ‘the big picture’…I daresay most Americans reading The Last Lion will relish it immensely.”

National Review

“[Manchester] can claim the considerable achievement of having assembled enough powerful evidence to support Isaiah Berlin’s judgment of Churchill as the largest human being of our time.”

Alistair Cooke

“A triumph…Equal in stature to the first volume of the series.”


“William Machester gives us a revealing portrait of a world about to come to a boil and a man about to become a symbol of of time.”

David Willis McCullough

“The second volume in Manchester’s masterly three-part biography…limns as well as lionizes the aging Tory during his political exile…An eloquent and evenhanded appreciation.”

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Author Biography

William Manchester (1922–2004) was an award-winning American author, biographer, historian, and a professor emeritus of history at Wesleyan University. Among his many New York Times bestselling books are A World Lit Only by Fire; The Glory and the Dream; American Caesar; Goodbye, Darkness; and The Last Lion, a multivolume biography of Winston Churchill. He was also a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award.

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Richard Brown (1937–2005) (a.k.a. Joseph Porter), was a former ballet dancer, actor, and popular audiobook narrator. Born in England, Richard came to the United States early in his career and performed with numerous regional ballet companies. After retiring from the ballet, he pursued a career in acting and recorded dozens of audiobooks for numerous publishers.

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