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


Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Author Candice Millard
ISBN-10 0307948781
ISBN-13 9780307948786
Year 2017-05-30
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Anchor
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A thrilling account This book is an awesome nail biter and top notch character study rolled into one New York TimesCriticJennifer Senior s Top Ten Books of 2016 At the age of twenty four Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England He arrived in South Africa in 1899 valet and crates of vintage wine in tow to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels and jumpstart his political career But just two weeks later Churchill was taken prisoner Remarkably he pulled off a daring escapetraversing 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 Bestselling author Candice Millard spins an epic story of bravery savagery and chance encounters with a cast of historical charactersincluding Rudyard Kipling Lord Kitchener and Mohandas Gandhiwith whom Churchill would later share the world stage But Hero of the Empire is more than an extraordinary adventure story for the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect twentieth century history

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