Andrew Roberts

Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow

Andrew Roberts is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Professor Andrew Roberts took a first in modern history from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an Honorary Senior Scholar and PhD. His biography of Winston Churchill’s foreign secretary Lord Halifax, The Holy Fox, was published in 1991 and was followed by Eminent Churchillians; Salisbury: Victorian Titan (which won the Wolfson Prize and the James Stern Silver Pen Award), Napoleon and Wellington; Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership; Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Gamble; A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 (which won the US Intercollegiate Studies Institute Book Award), and Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941–45, which was shortlisted for the Duke of Westminster’s Gold Medal and the British Army Book Award.

Professor Roberts has edited What Might Have Been, a collection of twelve counterfactual essays by historians; The Art of War, two volumes of essays by forty historians; and The Correspondence of Benjamin Disraeli and Mrs Sarah Brydges Wylliams. His book, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War (2009) reached number two on the Sunday Times bestseller list, and Napoleon the Great won the Los Angeles Times Biography Prize, the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon, and became a New York Times bestseller. He won the Bradley Prize in 2016. His biography of Winston Churchill, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, was published by Penguin in November 2018.

Professor Roberts is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Historical Society; an honorary Doctor of Humane Literature; a Trustee of the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust and of the National Portrait Gallery; chairman of the Guggenheim-Lehrman Military Book Prize; the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Fellow at the New-York Historical Society; and a visiting professor of the War Studies Department of King’s College, London. He reviews history books for over a dozen newspapers and periodicals. His website can be found at

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Recent Commentary

Self-haters, Sit Down

by Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 19, 2020

Western civilization, the pearl of great price.


Churchill & Reagan: Dr. Andrew Roberts Discussion

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Reaganism
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Andrew Roberts discusses Churchill and Reagan.

Analysis and Commentary

There’s One Ironclad Rule In History: The Law Of Unintended Consequences

by Andrew Robertsvia The Telegraph
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

[Subscription required] The Left-wing rioters who are about to usher in a Donald Trump victory are treading a well-worn path.


The Woke War Against British History Must Not Be Allowed To Succeed

by Andrew Robertsvia The Telegraph
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

[Subscription required] Tearing down the heroes of the past risks creating an atomised society that is more divided than ever

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The Moribund EU

by Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

What is the point of the European Union? Only a few years ago such a question, especially coming from a British Brexiteer such as me, might have been written off as simply provocative rudeness from an ideological foe. Today, however, in the light of the EU’s incapacity to meet the strategic challenges posed by China’s aggressive foreign policy, the health challenges posed by COVID-19, the economic challenges caused by the global lockdown, and the budgetary challenges posed by Britain (its second-largest net contributor) leaving, it is legitimate to ask what the EU is really for at this stage of the 21st century.

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Andrew Roberts: Leadership In War | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Andrew Roberts Discusses Leadership In War.

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Andrew Roberts: Leadership In War

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Andrew Roberts: Leadership in War.

Analysis and Commentary

Dissenters Live In Fear And Serious Debate Is Silenced By The Woke Mob Leading America's Cultural Revolution

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Sunday, August 2, 2020

It gets more ludicrous with every passing day – and more sinister. Take the case of Professor Patricia Simon, from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, who made the mistake of failing to be sufficiently enthusiastic in the course of a Zoom meeting.

Analysis and Commentary

Marxist Drive To Cover Up Our Past Is No Way To Come To Terms With It

by Andrew Robertsvia The Telegraph
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Local people should decide on the future of place names, not the petty tyrants of the Red Guard.


5/8 Churchill: Walking With Destiny, By Andrew Roberts

interview with Andrew Robertsvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Andrew Roberts discusses his book Churchill: Walking with Destiny.