I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would write a review and post it on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my history review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book because I found the author’s prior book “River of Doubt” about Theodore Roosevelt’s journey to the Amazon a very interesting read. I normally limit by history reading to american history, but decided to deviate based on the author.
As with the “River of Doubt”, this book is well researched and is written in a style that makes it read more like a novel than history. Ms. Millard does an excellent job of of describing a young Winston Churchill and all of his strengths and weaknesses. This helps the reader better understand the man that Churchill would later become as Prime Minister.
If you read the book you will come to understand that Churchill was at times his own worst enemy and was extremely lucky that he was not a casualty of the Boer War which would have deprived history of one it’s most interesting characters.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed “River of Doubt” and those who have an interest in Winston Churchill, his development as a man and leader and the Boer War.