Friday, November 09, 2012

3 Day Weekend Reading

"Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965"
Spanning the years of 1940-1965, THE LAST LION picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister-when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill conjured up by William Manchester and Paul Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action. THE LAST LION brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation's military response and defense; compelled FDR into supporting America's beleaguered cousins, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States.

More than twenty years in the making, THE LAST LION presents a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of this brilliant, flawed, and dynamic leader. This is popular history at its most stirring    .

Got my copy at Costco last night.  I have the first  two volumes in the series but after Manchester died was afraid the final years in Churchill's live would not be completed; but, Paul Reid relying on Manchester's research completed the book and it is now out in hardback.  When the present is terrible it is comforting to retreat for a few days to the past when there were heroic leaders who stood up to evil.