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Hero of the Empire - Candice Millard

I admit to be a great admirer of Winston Churchill, and he may well have been the savior of Western Civilization and the greatest man of the last century in my opinion. Having said that, and others can disagree, virtually no one knows anything of his early days before he became a politician and ultimately the British Prime Minister in World War II.

In “Hero”, we learn of his exploits as a young journalist in the also forgotten Boer War between the British Empire and the tiny Boer Republic in Africa in the late 1890’s, and how Churchill first established his reputation in Britain. The author writes how he was captured by the Boers, and sent to a prison camp. In a daring escape, which she details for us, he ultimately escaped and went home to England to start his political career. It is an interesting historical read about an important figure and the times that shaped him early on. For anyone who likes history or Winston Churchill, I highly recommend it.

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