Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
Review by CON COUGHLIN
When the young Winston Churchill set off to cover the Boer War as a newspaper correspondent in 1899, his overriding ambition was to make a name for himself. Aged just twenty-four , Churchill had already risked life and limb on two previous occasions in his bid to win public acclaim serving as an officer with the British Army in India and Sudan. But it was not until he travelled to South Africa as a war correspondent for London’s Morning Post
that his heroic exploits succeeded in making him a household name. And it was as a direct result of this experience that his was able to fulfil his ultimate ambition—to win election as a Member of Parliament.
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The three-year conflict between Britain and the Boers was brutal and bloody, with heavy casualties suffered on both sides. But, as Candice Millard explains in her well-researched and highly-readable account of Churchill’s exploits in South Africa, Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill,
young Winston could not wait to get to the centre of the action.
Authors Attending 2016 Churchill Conference Will
be Available During Scheduled Book-signing Session
A new feature of this year’s Thirty-third International Churchill Conference will be a scheduled period on the afternoon of Friday, October 28th during which authors either speaking at or attending the conference will be available to sign their books, copies of which will be available for sale. Those participating will include Edwina Sandys signing her beautifully illustrated book about her grandfather, Winston Churchill: A Passion for Painting
. To see the full list of authors and titles, please click on the Read More tab below.
Churchill Collectables: A Puzzling Picture
By BRIAN KRAPF
This colorful puzzle measures 8” x 10” and has no identifying manufacturing markings. However, given its caption and graphics, it was obviously made shortly after Churchill became Prime Minister in May 1940. Given the subject matter and the positions of the illustrated characters, it can be ascertained that Churchill is Prime Minister, his immediate predecessor, Neville Chamberlain, is still a cabinet member, Mussolini and Italy are in the Axis, and Stalin is still allied with Hitler. One question remains: who is the man standing alongside Churchill?
Conference Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Churchill’s Historic “Let Europe Arise!” Speech
Randolph Churchill admires plaque dedicated to his great grandfather
Report by WERNER VOGT
Seventy years after his visit to Switzerland and more than fifty years after his death, Sir Winston Churchill is still vividly remembered in Switzerland. This year several events were staged in Zurich to remember Churchill’s 1946 visit and the famous speech he delivered here at the university. The Faculty of History in cooperation with the university’s Europa Institute organised a historical colloquium to commemorate the event.
Finest Hour contributor honored by private audience with the President of Iceland
Magnús Erlendsson with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
By Árni Sigurðsson
On September 20th the newly elected President of Iceland invited Mr. Magnús Erlendsson the author of an article in the last edition of Finest Hour
(“Reykjavik Rendezvous” in FH
173) for a private audience at his official residence Bessastaðir. President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who holds a doctorate in history, is a long standing friend of the Churchill Club of Iceland, having been both a frequent speaker and a guest at the club’s luncheons before taking office in July.
Trellis from Chartwell Exterior is Being Replaced
Chartwell Trellis Seen at Left
Original Wood Available as Crafted Keepsakes
Proceeds Will Benefit National Trust Appeal
Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill’s beloved country home near Westerham, Kent, is undergoing renovation. The famous trellis on the exterior of the building outside Sir Winston’s own bedroom is being replaced. The original wood is being refashioned into various keepsakes for sale including mirrors and doorstops. You can even purchase a preserved portion of the original trellis. All proceeds will go to the National Trust Appeal intended to raise funds to purchase various items displayed in the house that are only on loan and not yet National Trust property.