THE LAST LION: WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL; ALONE: 1932-1940
by William Manchester
Little, Brown; 756 pages; $24.95
WINSTON S. CHURCHILL, VOL. VIII: NEVER DESPAIR 1945-1965
by Martin Gilbert
Houghton Mifflin; 1,438 pages; $40
What will historians say about Winston Churchill a hundred years from now? The question is pertinent -- inescapable, in fact, because nearly a quarter- century after his death, we may remain too close to make an accurate judgment. Of all the larger-than-life figures of World War II -- Roosevelt, Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini -- Churchill remains the hardest to assess. Rarely has a great leader been so often right....