Although I have never been a big fan of Winston Churchill (I remember watching his funeral when I was a young boy), I have always been fascinated by the famous photograph of Churchill in a POW line-up in Pretoria in 1899. When I worked in Pretoria in the 1980s, my route into town always stopped at the intersection of Skinner and van der Walt streets and the Staatsmodel School where Churchill was held stared back at me like a historical ghost amid the modern buildings and traffic of apartheid South Africa. So, when I saw this book, I grabbed it, gobbled it up in two days and have to give it five stars, which I rarely give, even to very good books. Millard writes wonderfully; she knows her history and, frankly, I can't offer one negative criticism of this book. The criticism that this is a "left-wing" attack on Churchill is ludicrous; the author is even-handed in her perspective, and intrinsically correct in her later historical analysis. I recommend this book enthusiastically: it is a great yarn, well-told.
By the way, I also enjoyed her book on Garfield: the Destiny of the Republic. It was well-written, informative, and, most importantly a fascinating tale. I recommend that one as well.