How Winston Churchill Became "Hero Of The Empire"

Apr 7, 2017

This program was originally broadcast in December, 2016.

Throughout history, brave souls have answered the call to serve their countries, and to risk it all on the battlefield. But few, perhaps, have done it with more guts and gusto than Winston Churchill. In her latest book, “Hero of the Empire,” Candice Millard introduces us to a young Churchill who believed early on that he was destined to lead, and who thirsted for a chance to be a war hero — mostly so he could be recognized for it. During the Boer War of 1899, in which the British Empire drove into Southern Africa, he got his chance.

Ms. Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. Both of her previous books, “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey,” and “Destiny of the Republic,” about President James A. Garfield, landed on The New York Times bestseller list. Her work also has appeared in Time Magazine, Washington Post Book World, and the New York Times Book Review.

Ms. Millard was a guest on our program in 2012 to discuss “Destiny of the Republic,” and we’re pleased to have her back on the show today to talk about her latest book.