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Candice Millard

New York Times-bestselling historian and former National Geographic journalist

  • About Candice Millard

    Candice Millard is a former editor and contributing writer at National Geographic magazine and the bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic. Her new book, Hero of the Empire, is a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill’s extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War. The book was a New York Times bestseller and was chosen as a best book of 2016 by NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post among others.

    Millard has the rare talent of making history accessible to broad audiences. In her animated lectures, she draws on meticulous research and a passion for overlooked subjects to give forgotten history new life.

    Millard’s latest book, Hero of the Empire, recounts a relatively unknown chapter in Winston Churchill’s life, when at age twenty-four he went to South Africa as a young journalist to cover the Boer War only to be captured and taken prisoner. He pulled off a daring escape that he would later remark “was to lay the foundations of my later life.”

    Millard’s first book, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, was a New York Times bestseller and made numerous Best Books lists. Her second book, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President, also rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and won numerous accolades, including the Pen Center USA award for Research Nonfiction.

    Millard lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children.

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    Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was shot by a madman in a train station in Washington, D.C., setting off a cascade of events that would leave his country forever transformed. In her critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling book, Destiny of the Republic, Candice Millard reveals the extraordinary life and tragic death of a man who, had he lived, would have been one of our greatest presidents.

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    Praise for Destiny of the Republic

    A staggering tale. . . . Millard digs deeply into the turmoil that got James A. Garfield elected, the lunacy that got him shot and the medical malfeasance that turned a minor wound into a mortal one.

    Janet Maslin, The New York Times, Top 10 Recommendations for 2011

    Destiny of the Republic displays Millard’s energetic writing and rare ability to effortlessly educate the listener.

    USA Today

    Praise for The River of Doubt

    [A] fine account . . . There are far too many books in which a travel writer follows in the footsteps of his or her hero—and there are far too few books like this, in which an author who has spent time and energy ferreting out material from archival sources weaves it into a gripping tale.

    The Washington Post

    A rich, dramatic tale that ranges from the personal to the literally earth-shaking.

    The New York Times

    Praise for Hero of the Empire

    A thrilling account…This book is an awesome nail-biter and top-notch character study rolled into one…Could someone be persuaded to make a movie about this episode of his life? I’d watch.

    New York Times Critic Jennifer Senior’s Top Ten Books of 2016

    A gripping story… It’s a thrilling journey and Millard tells it with gusto.

    The Guardian

    Gripping… tremendously readable and enjoyable…

    Alex von Tunzelmann, The New York Times Book Review

    With consummate narrative skill and admirable first-hand research, Candice Millard has added to the canon of great works on Winston Churchill a book essential to a better understanding of his life and personality. Hero of The Empire is both eminently readable and exceptionally informative about the evolution of one of Britain’s greatest statesmen.

    Phil Reed, Former Director of the Churchill War Rooms

    Millard has taken a well-known piece of Churchilliana and skilfully turned it into a large historical narrative. Using many unpublished sources, she weaves into a nail-biting escape story a larger picture of Africa at the cusp of the 20th century. Her eye for humanising detail, her vivid topographical descriptions and her keen awareness of the realities (and surrealities) of war come together in a truly fascinating book.

    Financial Times
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