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Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill

Category: Book
By (author): Millard, Candice
  HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
  HISTORY / Military / General
Publisher: Doubleday
Published: September 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 9.60in x 6.40in x 1.40in
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From The Publisher*From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt, a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War
At age twenty-four, Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day, despite the fact he had just lost his first election campaign for Parliament.  He believed that to achieve his goal he must do something spectacular on the battlefield.  Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British Army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan, and as a journalist covering a Cuban uprising against the Spanish, glory and fame had eluded him.
Churchill arrived in South Africa in 1899, valet and crates of vintage wine in tow, there to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels. But just two weeks after his arrival, the soldiers he was accompanying on an armored train were ambushed, and Churchill was taken prisoner.  Remarkably, he pulled off a daring escape--but then had to traverse hundreds of miles of enemy territory, alone, with nothing but a crumpled wad of cash, four slabs of chocolate, and his wits to guide him.
The story of his escape is incredible enough, but then Churchill enlisted, returned to South Africa, fought in several battles, and ultimately liberated the men with whom he had been imprisoned.
Churchill would later remark that this period, "could I have seen my future, was to lay the foundations of my later life." Millard spins an epic story of bravery, savagery, and chance encounters with a cast of historical characters-including Rudyard Kipling, Lord Kitchener, and Mohandas Gandhi-with whom he would later share the world stage. But Hero of the Empire is more than an adventure story, for the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect 20th century history.
Review Quote*"Combining vivid narrative and original scholarship, Candice Millard reveals how Winston Churchill laid the foundations of his political career during the Boer War. Supremely courageous, flagrantly ambitious and incredibly lucky, young Winston emerges as the authentic hero of this thrilling tale of imperial derring-do."
--Piers Brendon, Former Keeper of the Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge

"With consummate narrative skill and admirable first-hand research, Candice Millard has added to the canon of great works on Winston Churchill a book essential to a better understanding of his life and personality. Hero of The Empire is both eminently readable and exceptionally informative about the evolution of one of Britain's greatest statesmen." 
--Phil Reed, Former Director of the Churchill War Rooms

"Completely engrossing."
--Andrew Roberts, New York Times bestselling author of Masters and Commanders and Napoleon: A Life

"Millard ably weaves a seamless and gripping narrative of the future statesman's early career and involvement in the Boer War. . . . [V]ivid, entertaining. . . . A fresh, captivating history of the enduringly colorful Churchill."
-Kirkus (starred review)
"Biographer Millard "gets at" her subject by a somewhat out-of-left-field path that leaves the reader satisfied and feeling that her approach is right and perfect. . . . Millard's rendering of the exciting details of Churchill's heroic exploits result in a magnificently told story." 
-Booklist (starred review) 
Biographical NoteCANDICE MILLARD is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children.