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THE LAST LION, WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL: VISIONS OF GLORY, 1874-1932 by William Manchester; Little, Brown; 973 pages; $25

By 1904, when he was 30, Winston Churchill had already accomplished more than most men do in a lifetime. He added luster to the family name in the Caribbean as a daredevil correspondent covering the Cuban insurrection. At Omdurman, he rode in the British army's last great cavalry charge during Kitchener's campaign to reconquer the Sudan. He became a national hero by escaping from his Boer captors in South Africa in 1899. The following year he was prepared to greet the new century as...

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