Books by William Manchester

Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Essential for Manchester collectors, WWII buffs and Churchill completists."
A (very) posthumous study of the late, great British leader by the late, great popular historian, aided by journalist Reid. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 1992

"Disheartening: a 'portrait' painted in simplified strokes and with no perspective."
Manchester, temporarily putting aside his rousing Churchill series (The Last Lion), offers a disappointing retread of past histories about the explosive dawn of the modern age. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 28, 1988

"The text includes photographs (not seen)."
The second volume in Manchester's masterly three-part biography (Visions of Glory, 1874-1932; 1983) of Winston Churchill, which now limns as well as lionizes the aging Tory during his political exile. Read full book review >
ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT by William Manchester
Released: Nov. 4, 1983

"But all the old photos are here, along with a few new ones, in a capacious album that does indeed make the Kennedy days look glamorous again."
Twenty years and countless upheavals later, Manchester has set out unblinkingly to revive Camelot: from the initial invocation of Malory to the photos captioned "The Perfect Couple" to the concluding thoughts on the historical Arthur and the heroic Jack Kennedy. Read full book review >
Released: May 2, 1983

"But Manchester may also have demonstrated, by this omnium-gatherum, why Churchill's greatness lay in wartime leadership."
Together, Churchill and Manchester—the lion and the lionizer, the quotable and the quoter, the anecdoted and the anecdotist—can hardly miss in the marketplace. Read full book review >
GOODBYE, DARKNESS by William Manchester
Released: Sept. 17, 1980

"But one can dissent from much of this and still be shaken."
We couldn't, thinks ex-Marine Sergeant Manchester, take Tarawa again (or Guadalcanal or Iwo Jima or Okinawa): today's young wouldn't plod "patiently on and on"—chest-deep in water, weapons over their heads, keeping formation"—while their comrades were keeling over on all sides." Read full book review >
AMERICAN CAESAR by William Manchester
Released: Sept. 30, 1978

American Caesar, no less: from the title onward, Manchester has produced a biography of MacArthur so grandiose and so singleminded as to satisfy even the giant ego of its subject. Read full book review >
Released: May 16, 1976

"The rest of the book, however, is good fun if not lasting journalism."
The lead article in this collection recounts—for those who still care—Manchester's side of the dispute over the Kennedy book, Death of a President. Read full book review >
GLORY AND THE DREAM by William Manchester
Released: Nov. 15, 1974

"A big comedown from Manchester's The Arms of Krupp (1968)."
A forty-year retrospective of American trivia, trends, pseudo-objective insights, quick portraits and strained paradoxes. Read full book review >
THE ARMS OF KRUPP 1587-1968 by William Manchester
Released: Nov. 25, 1968

"The Book is the December Literary Guild selection, but one wonders how many readers will get through the nearly 1000 pages which alternate between pedantry and appropriately leaden prose."
Even the Germans who are antagonistic to Krupp are up in arms about Manchester's book which tells presumably all-from the first Krupp (circa 1500) Read full book review >
DEATH OF A PRESIDENT by William Manchester
Released: April 1, 1967

Certainly no book has ever been published under quite these circumstances. Read full book review >
PORTRAIT OF A PRESIDENT by William Manchester
Released: Sept. 27, 1962

"And as it is the portrait of a man in whom the public is vitally Interested, it should find a receptive audience."
The election of John F. Kennedy to the Presidency has inspired a spate of biographies. Read full book review >
THE LONG GAINER by William Manchester
Released: Sept. 6, 1961

"What he has devoted his talent to- however- a big, intensely serious ."
With several volumes of fiction and biography behind him, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in his pocket, Manchester has written a combination political and college novel, with traces of elements of the newspaper story and the athletic story thrown in for good measure. Read full book review >
Released: June 8, 1959

"Sometimes repetitious but always readable, this study of one of America's great families is peculiarly timely in view of Nelson's political importance; the book should have a nation-wide appeal and find readers political and non-political, intelligent readers interested in good biography and the social applications of wealth."
Three members of the Rockefeller family steal the show in this breezy volume: John D., founder of the Rockefeller fortune who, by penny-pinching, luck, financial brilliance, ruthlessness and Standard Oil, made himself in his prime, in 1913, worth nine hundred million dollars; his son John D. II, at 84 still known as "Junior," inheritor with his brothers of vast riches, part founder and chief administrator of the vast Rockefeller philanthropies, a shy, humorous man who has won the admiration of labor; his son Nelson, politician, philanthropist, sportsman, Governor of the State of New York and potential presidential candidate. Read full book review >
BEARD THE LION by William Manchester
Released: July 23, 1958

"Some preposterous characters and improbable circumstances combine- in a burlesqued intrigue adventure."
A harum-scarum adventure tale involves Ben Sparks, a mild man and a pharmaceutical representative, in more than one Arabian nightmare when he is sent to the middle East- to be a foot in the Egyptian door. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE MONSOON by William Manchester
Released: April 5, 1956

"A man's book, perhaps, rather than a woman's, and for some a good choice."
The setting of Delhi and a Himalayan hill town makes a turgid background for the maturing in love of two Americans who meet in India. Read full book review >
DISTURBER OF THE PEACE by William Manchester
Released: Jan. 31, 1950

"A must for Menckenites."
The life, and lifelong battles with the dragons of complacency and cave level thinking, as they were conducted by the wise, witty and caustic sage of Baltimore who as a newspaperman, magazine editor and philologist became one of the most important forces in the last half century of American literature. Read full book review >