Hero of the Empire

Hero of the Empire

The Boer War, A Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill

Audiobook CD - 2016 | Unabridged.
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From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic, 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 Boer War would profoundly affect twentieth century history.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2016
ISBN: 9780307987938
0307987930
9780307987990
030798799X
Branch Call Number: CD 968.0483 MILLARD
Characteristics: 8 audio discs (10 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon - Narrator

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JoanneMarieTravis
Apr 13, 2018

Candice Millard makes history come alive in a riveting, understandable and relatable way. In her hands the story becomes as fascinating as any Hollywood movie or blockbuster novel.
I was not aware of any of this part of Winston Churchill's life, taking place during the Boer War in 1899. As a journalist accompanying British soldiers, they were ambushed and captured and held as prisoners of war in Pretoria, in the Transvaal region of South Africa. What a jackpot for his Boer captors to discover that they had a very famous and wealthy aristocrat from Great Britain, quite the high value prisoner. This book chronicles his daring escape from enemy territory, of the courage, and indomitable spirit of this man, and what seems like an inevitable, seemingly God's Will kind of destiny.
The epilog takes you up to current day and gives a brief history of what transpired in South Africa after this war- apartheid, new government, and Nelson Mandela.

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