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Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts

Professor Andrew Roberts took a first class honours degree in Modern History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an honorary senior scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  He is presently a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London and the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society.  He has written or edited twelve books, which have been translated into 18 languages, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world.  Based in London, he is an accomplished public speaker and has delivered the White House Lecture, as well as speaking at Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Princeton and Stanford Universities, and at Sandhurst, Shrivenham and the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  He writes for the Sunday Telegraph and reviews history books and biographies for that newspaper as well as The Spectator, Literary Review, Mail on Sunday and Wall Street Journal.

In 2011, NBC commissioned Andrew to commentate alongside Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera on the Royal Wedding of Prince William  to Kate Middleton, following his well-received broadcasts at the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and the wedding of Princes Charles to the Duchess of Cornwall.  He also commentated for NBC on The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the birth of Prince George of Cambridge.

His biography of Neville Chamberlain’s and Winston Churchill’s foreign secretary, the Earl of Halifax, entitled THE HOLY FOX was published in 1991, to be followed by the controversial, but no less well-received EMINENT CHURCHILLIANS in 1994.

In 1999 he published SALISBURY: VICTORIAN TITAN, the authorised biography of the Victorian prime minister the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, which won the Wolfson History Prize and the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Non-Fiction.  In September 2001, NAPOLEON AND WELLINGTON, an investigation into the relationship between the two great generals, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and was the lead review in all but one of Britain’s national newspapers.  January 2003 saw the publication of HITLER AND CHURCHILL: SECRETS OF LEADERSHIP, which coincided with Andrew’s four-part BBC Two history series.

In 2004, Andrew edited WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN, a collection of twelve ‘What If?’ essays written by distinguished historians, including Antonia Fraser, Norman Stone, Amanda Foreman, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Conrad Black and Anne Somerset.  In 2005, WATERLOO: NAPOLEON’S LAST GAMBLE was published.

The publication of A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES SINCE 1900 brought Andrew an invitation to the White House in February 2007, where he delivered the prestigious White House Lecture.

MASTERS AND COMMANDERS, which was published in 2008, won the Emery Reves Award of the International Churchill Society and was shortlisted for The Duke of Westminster’s Gold Medal for Military History and The British Army Military Book Award, both of Britain’s two top military history prizes.  THE STORM OF WAR was published in August 2009 and reached No.2 on The Sunday Times bestseller list, and won the British Army Military Book Award for 2010.

Andrew is a quondam judge on the Elizabeth Longford Historical Biography Prize, he chaired the Conservative Party’s Advisory Panel on the Teaching of History in Schools in 2005, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  He has been elected a Fellow of the Napoleonic Institute and an Honorary Member of the International Churchill Society (UK). He is also a Trustee of the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust and of the Roberts Foundation.

In 2012, Andrew was awarded the William Penn Prize, as well as the British Schools and Universities Club of USA ‘Pride of the Century Award’; he joined the Academic Advisory Committee of the National Churchill Library and Centre at George Washington University, and was the guest curator of the Morgan Library’s ‘Churchill: the Power of Words’ exhibition.  In May 2013 the Prime Minister appointed him a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.  During that same year, he was the Merrill Family visiting professor at Cornell University, and in 2014 his biography of Napoleon Bonaparte was published. It has won the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon and The Los Angeles Times Biography Prize 2015. His accompanying documentaries, for BBC Two and Radio 4, have recently been broadcast.

Andrew has two children and lives in London with his wife, Susan Gilchrist. He is currently working on a biography of Sir Winston Churchill.