The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940. William Manchester, Winston Churchill.
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory 1874-1932 with: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940

Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Co., 1988. First Edition, First Printing; First Edition, Fourth Printing. Hardcover. Churchill, the larger-than-life Lion of British politics beset known for his legendary resolve and wartime leadership--a strength which no doubt helped steer the West to victory in World War II and alchemize an impenetrable confidence in FDR immediately following the darkest days of his presidency. Luckily for historians and the budding Churchillite in you, the man was beyond prolific...beyond voluminous. If the nonfiction (14) & fiction (4) works of Winston Churchill are assembled, together, with the 135 published booklets of speeches & the books of "miscellany," -- of which there are at least 17 -- Churchill boasts, at minimum, a cool 170 publications to his name. He brought to all his fascinations that potent combination of enthusiasm & fervor which, when focused, dependably flowers into merit or excellence. These enthusiasms were many, and hobbies as disparate as painting, amateur bricklaying, and butterfly breeding can be counted among them. The 2-volume bundle of biography offered here spans the first 66 years of the legendary PM's life, from his birth in 1874 to just before he began his tenure as PM in 1940. Churchill evidently could handle more stress during ages 66-71 than most could handle over an entire lifetime--something made even more remarkable by the fact that it obviously didn't limit his life span at all. He didn't die before reaching age 90, -- going on to live an additional two decades after narrowly saving the West with the rest of the Allied forces. Enough with the mind-boggling, basic facts of biography, and onto the works which constitute this here bundle: offered here are two volumes by William Manchester, the Massachusetts-born, award-winning historian. In 1947, when Manchester went to work for the Baltimore Sun, he met famed journalist H.L. Mencken, and became a friend to and apprentice of the noted journalist (and self-described "conservative anarchist"). It was in 1953, however, that Manchester actually met Churchill, the first meeting taking place aboard the "Queen Mary" vessel on January 24 of that year. At the time, Manchester was still with the Baltimore Sun, and, as the flap copy of the first volume notes, "found himself in the stateroom adjacent to the prime minister’s suite. A mutual friend introduced them. Churchill was intrigued by Manchester's assignment: the Middle East and India. In the late 1890s he himself had carried out similar assignments as a correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and the Morning Post. The difference was that in his youth the British Empire had reached high noon. Manchester's dispatches, on the other hand, would describe the imperial twilight of England's status as the world's sole superpower. / Thus the twin themes of The Last Lion: the life of Churchill, and the death of the Empire cherished." (Excerpted from Front Flap copy). The interested customer by now knows, of course, that Churchill died in 1965--so, the customer in question might ask, where is Manchester's third and final volume of Churchill? As his Wikipedia entry notes, "In 1988, Manchester announced he would not be able to complete his planned third volume of his three-part biography of Churchill." It goes on to note that, while "initially reluctant to collaborate with anyone to finish the work," in October 2003 he designated Paul Reid, a close friend & a writer for The Palm Beach Post, to complete the biography (the work did in fact come out in 2012, if you're wondering). Regardless, you've got plenty to start with in this here bundle. Churchill will continually be "rediscovered" by those who, not knowing the depths of this cosmopolitan giant, first see a dough ball in a bowler hat, but then discover the life and achievements nested just beneath the biographical surface. Where else will you get a man who's one of the most fearless Badasses of the 20th Century and at the same time a butterfly breeder. You can't make this stuff up. Hardcovers in unclipped dust-jackets: (1) the First Edition, First Printing with no reference to other editions at copyright page; (2) First Edition, as indicated on copyright page; Fourth printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. (1) Book in fine condition with only moderate shelf-wear to fine-edges & select, low-visibility exhibits of rubbing to same. Dust-jacket in strong near fine condition with only uniform, moderate creasing & crinkling along spine-edge of front, back covers & spine; some select, low visibility exhibits of rubbing to same. (2) Book in fine condition with only moderate shelf-wear to fine-edges & select, low-visibility exhibits of rubbing to same. Dust-jacket in very good condition with pronounced-to-significant shelf-wear to fine-edges of front, back covers & spine; similarly-graded rubbing to same; tiny exhibits of chipping, closed tears, & accompanying wear throughout. Very Fine; Near Fine / Very Fine; Very Good. [Item #4956]

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