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Author Candice Millard's book "Hero of the Empire" looks into Winston Churchill's exploits during the Boer War.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on September 29, 2016.

Winston Churchill sure didn’t make it easy to become a seminal figure in world history.

Before becoming Great Britain’s prime minister and leading his empire through World War II, Churchill was an extremely ambitious youngster who saw military glory as a pathway to political power. But this type of thinking almost got him killed in the Second Boer War, a late 1890s military conflict in what’s now South Africa.

Larry Kendall

While driving friends home from Western Cape University in 1993, American student Amy Biehl was dragged out of her car by an angry mob and killed. She was in South Africa because she wanted to take part in the fight against apartheid, but to the anti-apartheid militants in the mob her white face symbolized their oppressors.

Ntobeko Peni was a leader in the Pan African Student Organization, the militant political group that formed that mob, and was one of four men convicted of her murder.  

Commentary: Letter from South Africa

Jun 27, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 27, 2008 - Dear Friends in St. Louis and Readers of the St. Louis Beacon:

I have been in South Africa as a Fulbright Senior Specialist consulting with the University of Kwa ZuluNatal (UKZN) law faculty regarding the development of its dispute resolution curriculum. It's actually going to be very helpful to me in my new assignment to build a dispute resolution program for the Law School at Washington University.