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

Candice Millard

From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt, a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War 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. From the Hardcover edition.

From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt, a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt, a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

10h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:11


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:33


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:05


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:36


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:37


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:26


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:20


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:49


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:02


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:09


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:23


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:13


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:16


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:20


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:21


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:54


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:43


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:39


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:24


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:23


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:04


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:55


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:40


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:35


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:45


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:08


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:53


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:24


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:28


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:42


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

00:33