Hero of the Empire The Boer War, A Daring Escape And The Making of Winston Churchill

First Anchor Books edition

Paperback (30 May 2017)

Save $3.68

  • RRP $22.17
  • $18.49
Add to basket

Includes delivery to the United States

8 copies available online - Usually dispatched within 72 hours

Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Look for Candice Millard's latest book, River of the Gods.

Book information

ISBN: 9780307948786
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Anchor Books
Pub date:
Edition: First Anchor Books edition
Language: English
Number of pages: xi, 381
Weight: 386g
Height: 205mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 20mm