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A True Profile in Courage

Hero of the Empire.jpgWhen he set sail for South Africa at the start of the Second Boer War in 1900 — before he was the Winston Churchill of legend — the man was a hustling young journalist and failed candidate for Parliament. Candice Milland’s Hero of the Empire depicts him as courageous and possessing a sense of his own destiny that saw him through numerous battles, and most significantly, his capture, imprisonment, escape and triumphant return to the British side despite the best efforts of the Boer enemy. Moreover, she describes Churchill’s impact on the people surrounding him: they were put off by his braggadocio, but at the same time, they were more than impressed by his energy, leadership qualities, and his physical courage. One observer at the time saw a brilliant future for the fine young man who did not seem to know his place:

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And it did, indeed, come to pass that Churchill led his country in its time of greatest need, and in doing so he saved the world.

Winston Churchill died 52 years ago today.

Addendum: Say what you want about The Donald (and there are a great many things that can be said), but at least the bust of Winston is back where it belongs:

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