Visions of Glory, 1874-1932

Visions of Glory, 1874-1932

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 1

eBook - 2012
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William Manchester met Winston Churchill on January 24, 1953. Their encounter on the Queen Mary sparked an intense curiosity in Manchester that would eventually result in his classic three-volume magnum opus The Last Lion. In this, the first volume, we follow Churchill from his birth to 1932, when he began to warn against the remilitarization of Germany. Born of a lovely, wanton American mother and a gifted but unstable son of a duke, his childhood was one of wretched neglect. He sought glory on the battlefields of Cuba, Sudan, India, South Africa and the trenches of France. In Parliament he was the prime force behind the creation of Iraq and Jordan, laid the groundwork for the birth of Israel, and negotiated the independence of the Irish Free State. Yet, as Chancellor of the Exchequer he plunged England into economic crisis, and his fruitless attempt to suppress Gandhi's quest for Indian independence brought political chaos to Britain.Throughout, Churchill learned the lessons that would prepare him for the storm to come, and as the 1930's began, he readied himself for the coming battle against Nazism--an evil the world had never before seen.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780316244862
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Aug 25, 2018

This is a very exhaustive look at the life of Winston Churchill. It provides his family background, those that impacted his early life and how he became the man that could later stand up to the likes of Hitler. He was loved and hated by the people of Great Britain. He took the blame for Gallipoli and then went to the trenches in WW I. He was always brilliant, but was almost never in a position of power to really be successful.

There is much in this book to acquaint yourself with the man.

The only negative, is that the pace of the book is very slow. A lot of detail. If you are impatient, this is not a book you will enjoy, but if you want to get to know Winston Churchill, this is a good book.


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