William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and renowned biographer. In addition to the first two volumes of The Last Lion, his books include Goodbye, Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, and The Death of a President, as well as assorted works of journalism. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award. He passed away in 2004.
Manchester has such control over a huge and moving narrative, such illumination of character ... that he can claim the considerable achievement of having assembled enough powerful evidence to support Isiah Berlin's judgment of Churchill as 'the largest human being of our time.' -- Alastair Cooke The New Yorker A triumph ... equal in stature to the first volume of the series. New York Newsday The best Churchill biography for the plain readers of this generation ...Exhaustive ... interesting. Even readers who know the basic story will find much that is new, much to make them angry again. Newsweek History in the grand manner... Vivid and interesting... Here Manchester tells again the familiar but always instructive story of Churchill's unheeded fight to arouse the European democracies (and their even sleepier transatlantic ally) to the menace of Hitler. The Washington Post The best, destined to be the most memorable and the most lasting [Churchill biography]... Manchester brings new insights, new information, and a new approach. -- William L. Shirer Compelling reading. The Times