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Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

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Winston Churchill led an extraordinary life. In her newest book, award-winning author Candice Millard writes about Churchill’s time in South Africa and in prison, as well as his subsequent escape. As a young man, Churchill decided he wanted to “be where the action is” so he'd be recognized for his courage and patriotism. Using every opportunity to become well-known, he worked to advance his career when England fought the Dutch in Africa, in what became known as the Boer War, by “pulling some strings” to be assigned as a reporter on the Boer War. While aboard a train surrounded by the Boers, he was recognized and deemed an enemy soldier. From the moment of his capture and imprisonment, Churchill vowed to escape. This harrowing story is excellent and one of those rare non-fiction books that reads like an adventure novel. 

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