|Plot Summary of The Last Lion: Alone 1932-1940|
|"The second volume of William Manchester's biography of Sir Winston Churchill encompasses the eight-year period from the beginning of Churchill's longest period in the political "wilderness," to his rise to power as Prime Minister of Great Britain at the beginning of World War II. Manchester contends that the two decades between the two World Wars, and not his years as Prime Minister (1940-1945), were Winston S. Churchill's personal "finest hour."
Manchester combines a highly readable historical narrative with brilliantly insightful historical analysis. He asserts that much of the prevailing pacifist attitude in Britain during the 1930s was an outgrowth of the British experience in World War I, when British youth were nearly decimated on the battlefields of Europe and the Middle East.
The author also persuasively argues that the British government's policy of appeasement was not driven by weak-willed men who feared Adolf Hitler. Instead, the author paints Britain's political leaders as cynical and devious men who devised an almost Machiavellian political strategy founded upon the belief that a rearmed Germany would serve as a buffer against an expansionist Soviet Union. Only when it became painfully obvious that all attempts to placate Hitler were doomed to failure did the British nation turn to the one man who, for a decade, had consistently advocated standing up to the Nazi dictator: Winston Spencer Churchill.
Mike Powers, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Last Lion: Alone 1932-1940|
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- Politician trying to reform
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- politician/elected ruler
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- quite fatty
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- wicked white people
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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