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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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.

Churchill walks through the ruins of Coventry Cathedral with Alfred Robert Grindlay, 1941
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6/8 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.

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7/8 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.

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8/8 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.

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The Thoughtless Campaign Against Western History

quoting Andrew Robertsvia Agenda, National Review
Friday, June 12, 2020

In his recent cover story for National Review, Andrew Roberts, the most recent of many biographers of Winston Churchill, warned that, though their methods are “obviously not so appallingly extreme,” a new wave of zealots — as found among Instagram influencers and the dominant media class — are “now succeeding where Adolf Hitler and the Nazis failed” in undoing Western civilization. That’s a strong statement. And yet, these days, the examples bombard us.

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Andrew Roberts – Churchill: Walking With Destiny Review

featuring Andrew Robertsvia Entertainment Focus
Thursday, June 4, 2020

There have been roughly one thousand biographies of Winston Churchill – that’s about one for every page of Andrew Roberts’ extraordinary single-volume doorstopper. Churchill himself was a prolific writer, publishing millions of words, often about his endeavours, during his lifetime. The question may be if we needed any further commentary on the UK’s greatest wartime leader and best-loved historical figures. 

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Review: ‘Leadership In War’ A Lively Introduction To Admirable And Odious Military Figures

featuring Andrew Robertsvia The Post And Courier
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
In the large panoply of qualities that author Andrew Roberts cites in “Leadership in War” to describe prominent military leaders over the last two centuries, several inevitably stand out.
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Scholar Explains ‘Why We Must Teach Western Civilization’

featuring Andrew Robertsvia The College Fix
Thursday, April 30, 2020

“If you want to argue that Kanye West’s lyrics are as good as Shakespeare, or Mongolian yurts are as sophisticated a form of architecture as Bauhaus, then Foucault will support you all the way. But if you want to understand why we do not have child slavery in the West, or disenfranchised women, or imprisonment without trial, or the imprisonment of newspaper editors, you simply have to study the cultural history that produced such an unusual and extraordinary situation in human history.”

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Why We Must Teach Western Civilization

by Andrew Robertsvia National Review
Thursday, April 30, 2020
On Tuesday, December 3, 1940, Winston Churchill read a memorandum by the military strategist Basil Liddell Hart that advocated making peace with Nazi Germany.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill aboard HMS Prince of Wales in 1941
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Andrew Roberts: National Churchill Museum Hosts Second Webinar During COVID-19 Shutdown

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Fulton Sun
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Andrew Roberts discusses leadership in times of crisis.

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