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Andrew Roberts

Prize-Winning British Historian, Broadcaster and New York Times Best-Selling Author

The Economist named Andrew Roberts “Britain’s finest military historian” when his book, The Storm of War, was published, which won the British Army Military History Prize.

Winston Churchill’s Oratory

Winston Churchill’s Oratory investigates how Churchill learnt to become one of the greatest public speakers of the twentieth century. He wasn’t a natural speaker, and once had to give up half way through when he tried to speak without notes, but knowing that he couldn’t succeed in politics without being an effective speaker, he taught himself to master the arts of rhetoric, in ways Andrew Roberts’ lecture—peppered with great Churchill jokes—will explain. Many of the techniques that Churchill are still used by inspiring public speakers today, and can be learnt by anybody with the confidence to stand up in front of an audience.

Leadership in World War Two

Two looks at the interrelationship between four great men—Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, George Marshall and Alan Brooke—and the way it crated the grand strategy of the Western Allies between 1941 and 1945. The clashes, the shouting matches, the wit and humour, the great debates with hundreds of thousands of men’s lives at risk on the outcome of their momentous decisions. The lecture takes the audience from the news of Pearl Harbour through the great wartime conferences and the fundamental disagreements that the four men had over D-Day, and how they were resolved, contrasting it all the time with the way Hitler came to his strategic decisions.

The Israeli Miracle

The Israeli Miracle is an impassioned defence of the right of the State of Israel to exist, and a celebration of what it has achieved in the two-thirds of a century since its founding. Andrew Roberts is one of the founders of the Friends of Israel Initiative—along with Jose Maria Azvar, President Alejandro Toledo of Peru and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Lord David Trimble—and he delivered The Israeli Miracle at the British House of Commons which went viral, arguing that Israel should be treated the same as any other country of the world, and denouncing the disinvestment and boycott campaigns against her.

Why Hitler Lost

Why Hitler Lost takes the audience deep into the dark heart of the Nazi regime and explains how, whenever the best interests of the German Wehrmacht clashed with those of the Nazi party, Hitler always supported the latter. Again and again he put his loathsome Nazi philosophy first, ahead of the actions and decisions that Andrew Roberts believes might have won him the war. Roberts backs up his argument with newly discovered information from senior Nazi figures that appeared in his prize-winning book The Storm of War, which reached #2 on The Sunday Times bestseller list and of which Timothy Snyder wrote in The New York Times Book Review: “Splendid history. A brilliantly clear and accessible account of the war in all its theaters. Roberts’s descriptions of soldiers and officers are masterly and humane, and his battlefield set pieces are as gripping as any I have read.”

The Royal House of Windsor

The Royal House of Windsor is the story of the triumphs and tribulations of the British royal family from an historian whose book of the same name was part of Lady Antonia Fraser’s history of the monarchy. Having known Princess Diana, and met the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the late Queen Mother—who told him what it had been like to be Empress of India—Prince William and Prince Harry, Andrew Roberts concentrates on telling the story of the family from when they adopted the name Windsor in 1917 via the Abdication Crisis right up to the present day. As the royal correspondent for NBC, Dr. Roberts was a familiar face to U.S. audiences numbering 30 million people during the wedding of Prince William to Princess Kate and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He is an avowed monarchist.  

The Leadership Secrets of Napoleon and Wellington

The contrasting leadership styles of Emperor Napoleon I of the French—demonstrative, charismatic, voluble—with his nemesis at the battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington—undemonstrative, acerbic, buttoned-up—make for an engaging and witty investigation into the very different techniques of leadership that the two men employed both on the battlefield and off. Roberts, the author of the best-selling books Napoleon & Wellington, Waterloo, and Napoleon: The Life demonstrates how the contrasting leadership styles of the two great commanders have continuing relevance today.

Additional Speeches by Dr. Roberts

Other speeches that Andrew Roberts enjoys delivering include Hitler and Churchill (an investigation into the leadership secrets of the two antagonists, and how—despite some superficial similarities—the two men were utterly different in every area that mattered); Churchill and his Detractors (a witty defence of Churchill against revisionist historians, ideological forces on the Right and Left, conspiracy theories in cyberspace, and so on); Magna Carta (an investigation into how a document signed in 1215 still has relevance in our daily lives eight centuries later); Uninvaded Since 1066 (how British history and the British psyche has been affected by the fact that she hasn’t been successfully conquered for 950 years); The Rothschilds (a celebration of the achievements of the greatest banking family of them all); and he also speaks on the Siege of Leningrad, the Battle of Agincourt and the history of the British prime minister’s country house, Chequers.

Meet Andrew Roberts

The Economist named Andrew Roberts “Britain’s finest military historian” when his book, The Storm of War, was published, which won the British Army Military History Prize.

Andrew Roberts was trained in the Cambridge Union School of public speaking, with an emphasis on wit, very funny true anecdotes about famous people and an emotionally powerful peroration. He has a PhD from Cambridge University, a visiting professorship at the War Studies Department of King’s College, London, and has written twelve books but his oratorical emphasis is always on the personal, visceral experience that great men and women of the past have had when facing decisive moments in history. Winston Churchill said that “rhetorical ability is neither wholly bestowed nor wholly acquired, but cultivated,” and Prof. Roberts argues that leadership is the same. Having interviewed all of the surviving members of Churchill’s entourage over the past thirty years, and been appointed by Margaret Thatcher to take her place on the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust, Dr. Roberts has come close enough to greatness and inspired leadership to be able to analyze it and pass on its secrets in a hugely engaging and occasionally moving way. He has addressed audiences as select as the prestigious 2007 White House Lecture and as vast as a 10,000-person street demonstration in Parliament Square, often receiving standing ovations for his presentations. He is the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and NBC’s senior commentator for British royal events, and has appeared with Brian Williams and Matt Lauer doing the commentary for the funeral of Princess Diana, the wedding of Prince William to Princess Kate, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and others.  In addition to The Storm of War, Dr. Roberts has authored Masters and Commanders, Hitler and Churchill, Elegy: The First Day on the Somme (October 2015) and many others, including The New York Times best seller, Napoleon: A Life (November 2014), which accompanied a three-part BBC TV series in June of 2015, won The Los Angeles Times Biography Prize 2015 and has been optioned by Harvey Weinstein for a major TV series. He has recently won the prestigious Bradley Prize.

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