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Read This: The Last Lion

Biography on Winston Churchill to be released

Photo Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

November 1, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Winston Churchill was known for his refusal to give up even when all odds were against him. The same can be said of his three-volume biography, The Last Lion, a series penned (mostly) by William Manchester. The final installation, documenting the famed prime minister’s last 25 years of life, will be released Tuesday.

The 1,232-page read begins just after Churchill becomes prime minister. Although he has been criticized for having a reckless thirst for war, the third book delves into his mind as he prepared his country for battle. In the first two books, Manchester reveals how Churchill predicted the terrors of World War II and endured struggles when the rest of the world refused to listen to his apprehensions.

The Last Lion

Publisher: Little,
Brown and Company
Cost: $40
Release Date: Nov. 6

Just before Manchester’s death in 2004, his friend Paul Reid took over the third volume. As an award-winning journalist, Reid had the investigative reporting skills to wrap up the series with an attention to detail that parallels Manchester’s style as a historical biographer. With Reid’s contribution being released 24 years after the second book’s debut, anticipating history buffs are eager to see how he fared.

Churchill once said, “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” He lived a life that was not only worth writing about but also one that took three decades and two authors to pen. Readers will have to wait and see whether history was kind.

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