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af Candice Millard (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill
Forfattere:Candice Millard (Forfatter)
Info:Doubleday (2016), Edition: 1st, 400 pages
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Candice Millard writes about Winston Churchill's early public life - as a military officer, as an unsuccessful candidate for Parliament, and as a war correspondent during the Boer War. Most of my familiarity with Churchill's life is from his leadership period during the Second World War, so hearing about his early years in the public eye was most informative for me. From this look at Churchill's early public life, it's clear that he was driven to be successful, that he showed an early proclivity as an orator, and was quite fearless on the field of battle. His capture and subsequent escape from a prisoner-of-war camp during the Boer war, and managing to travel some 200 miles to freedom, is quite a story. Churchill's story has always been an impressive on to me, and this added segment of his life only adds to the Churchill legend.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
5729. Hero of the Empire The Boer War, A Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill, by Candice Millard (read 7 Jan 2021) When on 29 March 2012 I read this author's Destiny of the Republic I was much impressed and at the end of 2012 I found it to be the best book I read in 2012. So I decided to read this book, even though I well remember that when I was a teenager while waiting to be seen by a dentist reading in a magazine in the waiting room an account of Churchill's escape from captivity during the Boer War. So when I learned of this book I figured I knew what I needed to know of that event. But since I had been so impressed by her earlier book I decided to read this book, which was published in 2016. I am glad I made that decision as I found this book extremely well-written and intensely exciting--so much so that as I read of the escape I had to remind myself that his escape was successful as he was prime minister during World War II. One cannot help but be much impressed by Churchill's eagerness to fight for his country and to escape when he was captured. And after he returned from captivity he was eager not to go home to England but to serve as a soldier and as a reporter-- he had only been a reporter when he was captured. I could detect no flaw in this most worthwhile book. There are adequate source notes and bibliography, showing the author did much research for the account. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jan 7, 2021 |
Candice Millard is an excellent writer who does her research. ( )
  rolnickj | Dec 17, 2020 |
The book follows WInston Churchill during his time as a correspondent in Africa during the Boer War. ( )
  addunn3 | Nov 22, 2020 |
Hero of the Empire was a winner for me. I had always wanted to learn more about the Boers, the Boer War and the early history of South Africa. While this book didn't completely satisfy those needs, it got me started while keeping me entertained. Combine educating me with entertaining me and I will never complain. Similarly, I learned more about Winston Churchill, especially an earlier part of his life, which met another desire. Finally, there is Candice Millard's well-researched but very interesting approach to presenting these events. I have now read all three of her works, and have enjoyed all three. If I were to rank them based on enjoyment, it would be 1) Destiny of a Republic, 2) Hero of the Empire, and 3) The River of Doubt. I recommend all three if you enjoy history presented as a focused narrative. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
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(Prologue) Crouching in darkness outside the prison fence in wartime southern Africa, Winston Churchill could still hear the voices of the guards on the other side.
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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.

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