Andrew Roberts

Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

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 www.andrew-roberts.net

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Andrew Roberts: Breakfast With A Brexiteer

interview with Andrew Robertsvia The American Interest
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Andrew Roberts talks about leadership—and the case for a no-deal Brexit. Roberts also discusses his recent book Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History.

Analysis and Commentary

How Dare Remainers Say Boris Is Undemocratic - His Resolve Will Hand Parliament's Power To The People In Perpetuity

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Who could have guessed that Boris Johnson’s brave and correct decision to prorogue Parliament for four weeks would serve up so many rich and enjoyable ironies for the British people? What pleasure he has inadvertently given us.

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Britain Will Be Better Off As A Junior Partner Of The United States Than An EU Vassal

by Andrew Robertsvia The Telegraph
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

[Registration Required] President Emmanuel Macron of France has stated that closer Anglo-American ties post-Brexit would come at the cost of what he has called “a historic vassalisation of Britain”. Is he right?

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Andrew Roberts On Churchill And The Craft Of Biography

by Russell Roberts interview with Andrew Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, August 26, 2019

Historian Andrew Roberts talks about the life of Winston Churchill and the art of biography with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. How did Churchill deal with the mistakes he inevitably made in a long career? Was he prescient or just the right man in the right place at the right time? Was he an alcoholic?

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David Kennedy, Andrew Roberts, And Stephen Kotkin Discuss The Big Three Of The 20th Century: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, And Joseph Stalin

interview with David M. Kennedy, Stephen Kotkin, Andrew Robertsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 5, 2019

Accomplished historians David Kennedy, author of Freedom from fear; Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny; and Stephen Kotkin, author of Stalin: Waiting for Hitler discuss why the peaceful new international order that Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin agreed to establish after crushing Nazi Germany turned instead into each of the Allies pursuing their own national interests amid the Cold War.

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David Kennedy, Andrew Roberts, and Stephen Kotkin Discuss the Big Three of the 20th Century: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin

interview with David M. Kennedy, Stephen Kotkin, Andrew Robertsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Accomplished historians David Kennedy, author of Freedom from fear; Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny; and Stephen Kotkin, author of Stalin: Waiting for Hitler discuss why the peaceful new international order that Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin agreed to establish after crushing Nazi Germany turned instead into each of the Allies pursuing their own national interests amid the Cold War. 

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Churchill: Walking with Destiny

by Andrew Robertsvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, July 25, 2019

In this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material, the true genius of the man, statesman and leader can finally be fully seen and understood--by the bestselling, award-winning author of Napoleon and The Storm of War. 

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Area 45: The US-UK “Special Relationship” With Andrew Roberts

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Area 45
Friday, July 12, 2019

Is the US-UK relationship on shaky ground?

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Churchill: Walking with Destiny

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Biographer and historian Andrew Roberts, granted exclusive access to archives about Winston Churchill (including the diaries of King George VI), paints a portrait both familiar and fresh.

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In the News

Hillsdale College Comes To Southern California

quoting Andrew Robertsvia Daily Press
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Five remarkable Americans spoke about principles and politics last week at Hillsdale College’s National Leadership Seminar in Costa Mesa to an estimated 200 persons in attendance over two days (Feb. 20-21). They were Andrew Roberts, a biographer of Winston Churchill; Peter Schweizer, author of several books on political corruption; Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn, speaking on American Principles and Public Policy; Christopher Bedford, speaking on Trump and the Media; and Shelby Steele, speaking on the Current State of Race Relations.

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