Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive by Celia Sandys

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In this stirring biography of a brash, resourceful Churchill in his early twenties, Celia Sandys retraces her illustrious grandfather's path through South Africa as she reconstructs his adventures during nine months of the Anglo-Boer War at the end of the last century. She visits the campsites where the bold war correspondent and ready soldier bivouacked, the battlefields where he skirmished and fought, the site of his incarceration in Pretoria as the Boers' prisoner of war; she follows the route of his daring escape to the Mozambique border.Using both British and South African sources, which alternately reveal the young combatant as a courageous ally or formidable foe, Sandys narrates the heart-stopping exploits of a Churchill that history has largely forgotten. Yet his heroics in Africa thrust him to fame on the international stage, and within three months of his return to England, at the age of twenty-five, Churchill became a member of Parliament.Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive offers both a multifaceted portrait of the youthful adventurer who would become England's legendary prime minister and an exciting tale of the turbulent events one hundred years ago that defined South Africa for modern times.
 

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Celia Sandys has published five books on the life of her grandfather. She is a trustee of the Churchill Centre and founder and chairman of Churchill Leadership, an international company specializing in leadership development training.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In a narrative based primarily on the personal correspondence of the youthful Winston Churchill, his family, and other contemporaries, interspersed with the mature Churchill's poignant reminiscences, his granddaughter provides a rare and moving look at the formative years of Britain's great warti...

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still, he was one of the best-paid reporters covering the war (though not, as Sandys claims, —the highest-paid war correspondent of the day—).

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Most Churchill biographies pay scant attention to the statesman's formative years and the childhood influences on his character and personality.

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Sandys (Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive) is the great leader's granddaughter, and her new book is an amiable history of Churchill's many travels.

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This episode has always been controversial (it figured prominently in Churchill's early p0litical battles) because, although Churchill fulfilled an officer's duty to try to escape, two other officers claimed that he left them behind and compromised their chances for escape.

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