Who would have guessed that Winston Churchill had adventures as exciting as a James Bond novel.
Millard helps to fill the gap many biographers miss. Churchills activities in the boer war catapulted him into the nations eye and into parliament. It was to be the beginning of his rise through political and governmental greatness to culminate in his role as foil to hitlers ambitions. A very very good read. Well done.
For me HERO OF THE EMPIRE is a rousing success! Local Kansas City, KS author Candice Millard has a real gift for making non-fiction a pleasure to read. Impeccably researched, this narrative focuses on a pivotal episode in the life of the young Winston Churchill as prisoner and later escapee during the Boer War of South Africa in 1899. Even if you’re not a fan of “war stories”, you can’t help but appreciate the insights you gain into the “larger-than-life” personality of Churchill, as well as, the background and history of the region and its peoples. I was so totally absorbed reading this, it was hard for me to put the book down.
This, her latest offering, proves that the high praise Ms. Millard has received is totally justified. Hero of the Empire is history that reads like an Indiana Jones adventure; a real 'page turner'. I finished the book, knowing a lot more about Winston Churchill, but wanting to know more about the run-up to the Boer War. While Millard tries to maintain the historian's professional detachment, she hints that the Boer War (seen as a just cause at the time) was anything but.
This is another Candice Millard excellent book. It is about a young Winston Churchill and his experiences in South Africa during the Boer War. Her research is well done. I particularly like her writing style. As in her other books, River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic, they read like a novel rather than non-fiction. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was that the Boer War didn't stir me as much as the settings in her previous books.
Millard delivers another extremely readable book about the fascinating history of an important individual. Like her previous "Destiny of the Republic," her writing style is engaging, the pace is perfect and her way of connecting events that happened over 100 years ago with the modern reader is skilled.
In this book she tells the story about Winston Churchill the war correspondent. He covered the Boer War around the turn of the 20th century. I learned a lot about the Boer War (which has always been a mystery to me) and Churchill before his political career. A great read.
I look forward to seeing Millard at Southdale Library on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. as part of the Club Book series.
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