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At the age of twenty-four, Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of the United Kingdom. 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.
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Candice Millard is the author of four New York Times bestselling books, including Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill. She has won the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, the PEN Center USA award for Research Nonfiction, and the recipient of the 2017 BIO Award. Millard’s work has been named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a Book Sense pick, an Indie Next Pick, a finalist for the Quill Awards, a top ten critics pick by the New York Times, and Amazon’s number one history book of 2016. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic, the Guardian, National Geographic, and Time magazine. Millard lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children.