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William Manchester was born on April 1, 1922 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. After serving as a Marine in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he completed his B.A. at the University of Massachusetts and earned his master's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He was a journalist for visa mer several years before becoming the managing editor of Wesleyan University's publications office. He spent the rest of his career at the University, serving in various roles including adjunct professor of history and writer-in-residence. In addition to several novels, her wrote a number of historical and biographical works. Among them are The Death of a President, which won the Dag Hammarskjold International Literary Prize and American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964. His last major work was a three-part biography of Winston Churchill, entitled The Last Lion. He received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award in 2000. Manchester died on June 1, 2004, at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Verk av William Manchester

In Our Time: The World As Seen by Magnum Photographers (1989) — Inledning — 149 exemplar
Portrait of a President (1962) 123 exemplar

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The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 773 exemplar
The Best American Essays 1988 (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 97 exemplar
Chronicle of 20th Century Conflict (1992) — Förord, vissa utgåvor37 exemplar
The War: Stories of Life and Death from World War II (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 31 exemplar
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1959 v03 (1959) — Bidragsgivare — 27 exemplar
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1997 (1996) — Author "Another Bloody Country Gone West" — 14 exemplar
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1998 (1998) — Author "Undaunted by Odds" — 14 exemplar
The Writer's Voice: Conversations With Contemporary Writers (1924) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
American Caesar [1983 TV mini series] (2003) — Original book — 2 exemplar
London OZ 1 (1967) — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar

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It's been awhile since I read a biography -- typically I eschew them in favor of fiction. And though I confess to a certain level of interest in military history, I had some grave doubts about my ability to get through all 700 pages of this book.

So it surprises me to admit that I enjoyed it. Even more surprising is that it's a real page-turner. Part of this is due to what a fascinating figure Douglas MacArthur was, but mostly it's due to the way that William Manchester heightens the immediacy of everything that happened in MacArthur's life.

Not to say he's overly dramatized it, or even tried to make MacArthur out to be a better person than he was. But it's clear on every page that Manchester finds his subject fascinating, and before you know it, you do too.

It's a great shame that after suffering two strokes, he was unable to finish the third part of a planned three-part biography of Winston Churchill.
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Byakhee | 17 andra recensioner | Feb 21, 2024 |
Amazing - and long for us slow / distracted readers. It provides detailed insight to the younger Churchill. It's perfect to understand the formative years and wonderful if you like to read about famous children, but not nearly as interesting to me as the events in his life. (Similar to McCullough's disappointing 'Mornings on Horseback' about Teddy Roosevelt.)

Churchill's events were big. My recommendation: go directly to the years of the Boer War, WWI, or the independence movement in India if that interests you. If WWII is your thing, read the 40 page preamble and the remarkable last 18 pages.

At the very least, read the absolutely fabulous first two pages of the preamble. It is an inspiring example of Manchester's writing. Warning: after reading those first two pages you may feel compelled to read the remaining 881.
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dlinnen | 33 andra recensioner | Feb 3, 2024 |
A lot of great material but not well organized making for a book that was hard to read. The beginning was particularly poor. The middle was almost good but hard to follow. The last chapter was the best. Alas, everyone else in my book club gave up well before then.

The author provided some maps - helpful - but a timeline would've been useful, particularly for the middle chapter during which he was constantly bouncing around the middle ages (and even in to the renaissance) continually. Did he really think I had the entire history of the popes memorized?

I would recommend this only to the most interested in history.
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donwon | 67 andra recensioner | Jan 22, 2024 |
Another great volume in the three volume biography of a great man. On to volume three.
 
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everettroberts | 16 andra recensioner | Oct 20, 2023 |

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