I am reading through William Manchester's masterful three-part biography of Winston Churchill, entitled The Last Lion. The biography covers Churchill's whole life, from his boyhood and military service under Queen Victoria to his years both on the front lines and in Parliament during World War I (including his term as First Lord of the Admiralty). I am about 70% through the third volume, Defender of the Realm. It covers the World War II years in great detail, though Manchester died before completing it (Paul Reid finished the work). I am intrigued by Churchill's time as a war prime minister. Perhaps more than most anyone else in Britain or among the Allies, Churchill knew the danger that Germany posed to the rest of the world and warned his colleagues throughout the 1930s about the dangerous new fuhrer Adolf Hitler. While most of Britain was content to cede territory throughout Europe to keep a new generation of their boys from dying in the fields of France and Belgium, Churchill knew that force alone would stop the Third Reich. I am curious as to the opinions of forum participants concerning Winston Churchill's successes and failures as prime minister. What do you see as his greatest achievements, and in what areas do you find greatest fault with his leadership? I'll post my own thoughts in a day or two, once people have a chance to respond.