The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill

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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill
Author William Manchester, Paul Reid
Country United States
Language English
Genre Biography
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[edit]

The 973-page volume was published in 1983.

Alone, 1932–1940[edit]

The 756-page volume was published in 1988. In 2011, the book was placed on Time Magazine's top 100 non-fiction books written in English since 1923.

Defender of the Realm, 1940–1965[edit]

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.[1]

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. 


  1. ^ Langworth, Richard (Mar 5, 2009), The last lion, volume III : comment on the third volume from one of its proof readers.

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