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Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Paperback – Illustrated, May 30, 2017
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Chosen as a Washington Post and New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2016
"A thrilling account...This book is an awesome nail-biter and top-notch character study rolled into one...Could someone be persuaded to make a movie about this episode of his life? I’d watch."
—New York Times Critic Jennifer Senior's Top Ten Books of 2016
“Gripping…tremendously readable and enjoyable…”
—Alex von Tunzelmann, The New York Times Book Review
"[A] truly fascinating book."
"A gripping story...It's a thrilling journey and Millard tells it with gusto."
“Millard’s tome is a slam-bang study of Churchill’s wit and wile as he navigates the Boer War like [a] proto-James Bond.”
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- Publisher : Anchor; Illustrated edition (May 30, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307948781
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307948786
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.83 x 7.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By the way, I also enjoyed her book on Garfield: the Destiny of the Republic. It was well-written, informative, and, most importantly a fascinating tale. I recommend that one as well.
The daring escape made Churchill famous and led to his first election to parliament as an MP for the district of Oldham. The young callow man would end his life as the roaring lion of the moribund British Empire.
Candace Millard has written another excellent biography following the story of Theodore Roosevelt in River of Doubt and the assassination of POTUS James Garfield in The Destiny of the Republic. Popular history writing at its best. This little known episode in the life of WSC will keep you enthralled and reading as if it were an adventure tale. Excellent!
After serving as a lieutenant in the cavalry Churchill ran for parliament in the Dundee constituency and lost. After this Churchill was still seeking adventure and got a job as a newspaper correspondent coving the Boer War. In Candice Millard’s excellent book Hero Of The Empire, the author goes into superb detail of the capture and imprisonment of Churchill and his subsequent heroic escape. Imprisoned in Petoria the author details the mindset and actions of Churchill and his planning for escape and what he did subsequently.
What transpired was the luck of Winston Churchill included being hidden and aided by a British man by the name of John Howard who played a large part in Churchill’s escape to Portuguese East Africa. Also written in the book was an explanation of the initial battles of the Boer War in which the British were losing one battle after another.
This is a well written and well researched book which should be read by all serious historians as well as any devoted Churchillian.