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The Resource 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

Label
Hero of the empire : the Boer War, a daring escape, and the making of Winston Churchill
Title
Hero of the empire
Title remainder
the Boer War, a daring escape, and the making of Winston Churchill
Statement of responsibility
Candice Millard
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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 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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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
IEN/DLC
Dewey number
  • 968.04831092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DA566.9.C5
LC item number
M54 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Hero of the empire : the Boer War, a daring escape, and the making of Winston Churchill, Candice Millard
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-363) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 381 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385535731
Lccn
2015049806
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
2015049806
Label
Hero of the empire : the Boer War, a daring escape, and the making of Winston Churchill, Candice Millard
Publication
Note
Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-363) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 381 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385535731
Lccn
2015049806
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
2015049806

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