Book cover - Hero of the Empire - Author Candice Millard

Hero of the Empire

Author Candice Millard

  • Release Date: 2016-09-20
  • Genre: Military
Our score: 4.5
From 147 Ratings

Hero of the Empire Summary

Hero of the Empire - From the bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic, this thrilling biographical account of the life and legacy of Wintson Churchill is a "nail-biter and top-notch character study rolled into one" (The New York Times).

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 escape—traversing 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 characters—including Rudyard Kipling, Lord Kitchener, and Mohandas Gandhi—with 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.

Hero of the Empire Review

  • Focus on South Africa and the Boers

    By november169
    A pretty good read with a lot of additional detail about Churchill's capture and subsequent escape from the Boers. There are some obvious bias against Colonialism (boo! bad) which tends to drag on a little - not that I am saying Colonialism was good but contemporary efforts, such as Iraq & Afghanistan, have proved to be more costly in lives and money to much less positive affect on the local population. This was my holiday read. I had a choice to read this or Churchill's own book about his early life - I now have to read Churchill's version as it will likely encompass more of his earlier life (home, family, school, military, North West Frontier...) which was lacking from this book.
  • An excellent addition to Churchillian biography

    Just as in River of Doubt, Millard breaths life into a little known event in the life of a well-known person. Churchill's Boer War adventures illuminate his drive, character and ambition, mostly, but not always, favorably. The adventure story is well told in nail-biting detail, without neglecting the surrounding background. Jennie Churchill, the family and social surroundings, the Boers, the ill-prepared British military are all painted in colorful detail. The result is both educational and entertaining.
  • Hero of the Empire

    By Annagasse
    There are no maps in the ebook version. Very disappointing.
  • Candice Millard at the top of her craft

    By Jantze
    An immensely immersive story of a young, desperate Winston Churchill that illuminates not only the details (English for “horrors") of a forgotten war but his needs, desires and compunctions of this man in the making.


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