The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill
|Author||William Manchester, Paul Reid|
|Publisher||Little, Brown and Company|
|Published||1983, 1988, 2012|
|No. of books||3|
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill is a trilogy of biographies covering the life of Winston Churchill. The first two were published in the 1980s by author and historian William Manchester, who died while working on the last volume. However, before his death, Manchester had selected Paul Reid to complete it, and the final volume was published in November 2012.
Visions of Glory, 1874–1932
The 973-page volume was published in 1983.
Defender of the Realm, 1940–1965
The 1232-page volume was published in 2012. This is the final volume of the late William Manchester's trilogy about the life of Winston Churchill. Manchester died at the age of 82 on June 1, 2004, after suffering for several years from a stroke that left him unable to write. Before he died, he chose Paul Reid, a former feature writer for Cox Newspapers, to complete the work.
The third volume focuses on Churchill's years as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. It was published on November 6, 2012, 24 years after the publication of the previous volume.
- Manchester, William (1983). The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874–1932. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. ISBN 0-316-54503-1.
- ——— (1988). The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932–1940. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. ISBN 0-316-54512-0.
- ——— (2012). The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940–1965. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. ISBN 0-316-54770-0.
- Langworth, Richard (Mar 5, 2009), The last lion, volume III: comment on the third volume from one of its proof readers.
- "Ailing Churchill Biographer Says He Can't Finish Trilogy", New York Times, August 14, 2001
- "Taming 'The Last Lion': An NC writer keeps a promise to Winston Churchill biographer William Manchester", Charlotte Observer, November 7, 2010
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