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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Vol. 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Paul Reid, William Manchester

Narrated By: Clive Chafer

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: November 2012

Duration: 53 hours 32 minutes


Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester's The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister-when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action. This volume brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation's military response and defense, compelled President Roosevelt to support America's beleaguered cousins, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States.

More than twenty years in the making, The Last Lion presents a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of this brilliant, flawed, and dynamic leader. This is popular history at its most stirring.


  • Tom B

    Excellent Book

  • Joseph W

    Excellent book. Continuation of original authors style. This book provides context to decisions and events which occurred during WW2 and post war.

  • Gilbert Cross

    The Last Lion, volume 2 deals with Winston Churchill from 1940 to 1965. I had no idea it was one of three volumes.. It is over 50 hours long, and I only listen in my car so I have been listening for ages. It's a very honest, balanced, account of England's most famous son. It serves to remind us that politicians are not elected to be popes. Churchill made mistakes, but, when the chips were down, he came through. GBC

  • Nick Carlson

    Excellent overview of the English perspective on the Second World War. The author pays very close attention to the historical context confronting Churchill and the Allies as the encounter the Germans. A great look into the decision making necessary for victory.

Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Vol. 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

by Paul Reid, William Manchester

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Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Vol. 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965, Paul Reid, William Manchester