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Hero of the empire : the Boer War, a daring escape and the making of Winston Churchill / Candice Millard.

Millard, Candice, (author.).
Book Book ([2016])
Description: xi, 381 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2016]
17 of 19 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
2 current holds with 19 total copies.
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Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction DA 566.9 .C5 M54 2016 (Text to Phone) Available -
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Endicott College General Collection DA 566.9 .C5 M54 2016 (Text to Phone) Available -
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Everett - Parlin Memorial Adult Nonfiction 968.0483/M6457h (Text to Phone) Available -
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 968.04/Millard (Text to Phone) Available -
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 968.04/Millard (Text to Phone) Claimed returned 02/22/2018
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction DA 566.9 .C5 M54 2016 (Text to Phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult Biography BIO CHURCHILL, WINSTON 2016 (Text to Phone) Available -
Melrose Biographies (Main Floor) Biography 968.0483 Churchill Millard (Text to Phone) Available -
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  • Edition: First edition.
General Note:
"Author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt"--Dust jacket.
Maps inside front and back covers.
Bibliography, etc.:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [327]-363) and index.
Contents:
Pushful, the younger. Death by inches ; The graven palm ; The scion ; Blowing the trumpet -- Into Africa. "Send her victorious" ; "We have now gone far enough" ; The blackest of all days ; Land of stone and scrub -- Chance. The death trap ; A pity and a blunder ; Into the lion's jaws ; Grim sullen death -- Prisoners of war. To submit, to obey, to endure ; "I regret to inform you" ; A city of the dead ; Black week ; A scheme of desperate and magnificent audacity ; "I shall go on alone" -- In the heart of enemy's country. Toujours de l'audace ; "To take my leave" ; Alone ; "Wie is daar?" ; An invisible enemy ; The light of hope ; The plan ; The red and the blue.
Summary:
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Citation: Millard, Candice. "Hero of the empire : the Boer War, a daring escape and the making of Winston Churchill." New York : Doubleday, 2016.

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