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Book reviews: 'The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm” and other books about Churchill

BY DENNIE HALL Published: January 13, 2013

Those wanting to know more about Churchill the fighter would enjoy “Churchill Defiant: Fighting On — 1945-1955” (Harper, $26.99). After his defeat as prime minister in July 1945, he made a comeback in 1951 and served four more years in which his main objective was world peace. Author Barbara Leaming captures Churchill's final decade in public life. The book touts his “rages against time and his own mortality ... Churchill at his most outrageous, maddening and devious — but also at his most human, outrageous and defiant.”

Another book, fat and amusing, is “Churchill By Himself: The Definite Collection of Quotations” (Public Affairs, $29.95). The funny statements, accompanied by notable wisdom, are a fine addition to the Churchill canon. The book's editor, Richard Langworth, is author of “A Connoisseur's Guide to the Books of Winston Churchill” and editor of “Finest Hour,” the journal of Winston Churchill.

A paperback apt to be interesting mainly to avid Churchill scholars is “Churchill's Empire: The World That Made Him and The World He Made” (St. Martin's, $16.99).

— Dennie Hall