History Book Club

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Cover Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston ChurchillMonday, September 28th at 7:00 pm

 

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill

 

"A thrilling account.... This book is an awesome nail-biter and top-notch character study rolled into one." —New York Times Critic Jennifer Senior's Top Ten Books of 2016
 

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.

 

History Book Club 2020 Book List

January- The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding by Robert Hughes

February- Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter

March- The First World War by John Keegan

April- The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer

May- The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

June- On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides

July- The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson

August- Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose

September- Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard

October- The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough

November- Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of WWII by Liza Mundy

 



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Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307948786
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - May 30th, 2017