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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Analysis and Commentary

Use Your Vote To Honour The Victims Of The Most Murderous Creed To Besmirch The Past Century

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Saturday, November 30, 2019

In less than two weeks the British people will have the honour of being able to do something quite remarkable in history – deliver a stinging, unmistakeable rebuke to an evil ideology.

In the News

Book Review: Learning To Lead

featuring General Jim Mattis, Andrew Robertsvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 22, 2019

Lessons from the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatio Nelson, Marcus Aurelius, T.E. Lawrence—and Long John Silver.

In the News

Andrew Roberts: ‘We’re Lucky Churchill Was So Egotistical

featuring Andrew Robertsvia The Guardian
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Andrew Roberts is a historian and journalist. He is a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and also has positions at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Lehrman Institute at the New York Historical Society. His latest book, Leadership in War, looks at nine leaders from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, examining how they performed in conditions of war.

Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History

by Andrew Robertsvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A comparison of nine leaders who led their nations through the greatest wars the world has ever seen and whose unique strengths--and weaknesses--shaped the course of human history, from the bestselling, award-winning author of Churchill and Napoleon.


Author Andrew Roberts On His New Book “Leadership In War”

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Fox News
Monday, October 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Andrew Roberts discusses his latest book, Leadership In War: Essential Lessons From Those Who Made History.

Analysis and Commentary

Britain Needs An Official Inquiry Into How The Elite Turned Brexit Into A National Humiliation

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Saturday, October 19, 2019

The humiliation that has befallen the United Kingdom over the past three years and four months as the direct result of the refusal of our political class to respect the EU referendum of June 2016 needs to be investigated by an official committee of inquiry.

In the News

Review: New Churchill Biography Sweeping, Superbly Written Full-Life Account

featuring Andrew Robertsvia The Post And Courier
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Taking on a nearly 1,000-page biography of Winston Spencer Churchill is apt to leave most readers feeling as if their lives have been a silly waste of time. This protean figure, surely the most influential statesman of the 20th century, who served over his 90 years in nearly every office of the British government, including twice as prime minister, and who led his country through the horrors of World War II, was also a deeply eccentric man.

In the News

Great Life Isn’t A Closed Book Yet

featuring Andrew Robertsvia The Budapest Times
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

At very nearly 1000 pages – and over that number when you include the introduction, maps, family tree, acknowledgements, index, notes, photos and bibliographies of books, articles and theses – this latest biography of Britain's wartime leader is a tome of biblical proportions.

Analysis and Commentary

Boris Johnson Can Beat Bercow's Surrender Parliament - By Staging A Government Strike, Writes Historian Andrew Roberts

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Parliaments have traditionally been given nicknames to distinguish them from one another.


There Are Moments In History When Bad Law Must Be Broken For The Greater Good. Next Month's Your Turn Boris: Andrew Roberts On How The PM Will Have To Defy The 'Benn Act' To Leave The EU Without A Deal

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Saturday, September 21, 2019

It has become increasingly clear that to fulfil his promise to leave the European Union, Boris Johnson will have to break the law – and, specifically, the new ‘Benn Act’.