The L.A. Times notes, in this obituary, that Manchester had finally found a collaborator, and that he had spent his remaining days passing on his vision for the third volume, Defender of the Realm, to journalist Paul Reid, who is expected to complete the final installment of the trilogy.
I've read some criticism of Manchester's Churchill, mainly that he was too credulous of Churchill apocrypha, or that he was too ready to buy into a "great man" scheme of history, or that he was writing "popular" history. I just don't know. I enjoy his books, though; and I'm currently enjoying American Caesar his biography of Douglas MacArthur (some of whose Pacific theater exploits Manchester saw close up in the 29th Marine regiment). Considering the cut of his jib, maybe those criticisms reflect the worldview of revisionists:
In a 2001 interview with Reid for the Palm Beach Post, a stroke-weakened Manchester talked about . . . the danger of political correctness, which he called "a poisoner of language" that "makes for bad history, bad thinking."Hard to argue with that.
So, farewell to a great writer who seems to have found a way to get his final volume to us after all.
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