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

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display_description "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 journalistcovering 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."--
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subject_facet Biographies
Churchill, Winston, -- 1874-1965
Churchill, Winston, -- 1874-1965 -- Military leadership
Large type books
South African War, 1899-1902
South African War, 1899-1902 -- Participation, British
South African War, 1899-1902 -- Prisoners and prisons, British
title_display Hero of the empire : the Boer War, a daring escape, and the making of Winston Churchill
title_full 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 / Candice Millard
Hero of the empire : the Boer war, a daring escape, and the making of Winston Churchill / Candice Millard
title_short Hero of the empire :
title_sub The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill
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Churchill, Winston
History
Military
Military leadership
Nonfiction
Participation, British
Prisoners and prisons, British
South African War, 1899-1902