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The second volume in Manchester's planned three-volume biography of the great British statesman, following The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Vision of Glory, 1874-1932 [BKL Mr 15 83]. The previous volume covered Churchill from his birth to his apparent washout as a politician in the early 1930s. This latest volume sees Churchill through his exile from political life prior to World War II and his advent as prime minister. Guided by his view of Churchill as one of history's giants, Manchester narrates and analyzes his subject's activities during the 1930s-- Churchill's years in the wilderness, during which he occupied himself with writing and with trying to convince the British public that Adolf Hitler was a menace and not at all interested in maintaining peace in Europe. A masterful biography, written with great fluidity and insight. Bibliography, notes; to be indexed. Book-of-the-Month Club main selection. To be serialized in Reader's Digest and American Heritage. BH.