Winston Churchill, unlike many of his age, class, and background in England, was a lifelong philo-Semite. He was a Zionist who liked Jews, went on holiday with them, admired them, defended them, and recognized them as giving Western Civilization its ethics. Andrew Roberts investigates the relationship between Churchill and the Jews.
In order to successfully bind his internationally bestselling Churchill: Walking with Destiny, historian Andrew Roberts had to cut 60,000 words. Like a movie director producing his uncut version, he will relate those parts of his book that had to be excised, which are equally as interesting as what was left in.
Amongst his many other attributes, Winston Churchill was an historian who had a powerful, living sense of the past which he used as a guide for the present. Sometimes this worked wonderfully, at others it let him down badly. His biographer Andrew Roberts will investigate Churchill’s sense of history and how it affected his statesmanship.
One of the most extraordinary things about Winston Churchill becoming British Prime Minister in May 1940 was that he was alive at all. He survived more than 20 near-death experiences in his life, including a very serious accident on Fifth Avenue. Andrew Roberts tells us how they shaped his thoughts on life, ambition, death, and fate.
In this, the first of a new 10-part lecture series on Winston Churchill, historian Andrew Roberts examines Churchill’s description of becoming prime minister in May 1940: “I felt as if I were walking with destiny and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”
In culmination of his four-year lecture series, historian Andrew Roberts reviews what we’ve learned about the secrets of war leadership exhibited by Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, Horatio Nelson, Margaret Thatcher, and George Marshall. Is war leadership unique, or might these leaders have something in common, techniques that can be transferred from age to age, country to country, war to war?
Admiral Lord Nelson was arguably Britain’s greatest naval hero and the victor of many battles against Napoleonic France—especially that of Trafalgar, in which he died in October 1805. His tactic of constant aggression, regardless of numbers, was as controversial as his love life with the beautiful, married Emma, Lady Hamilton. Historian Andrew Roberts explores Horatio Nelson’s life and leadership.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower seemed an unlikely candidate to be the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe in 1944–45 since he had never commanded troops in combat, but he proved adept at delivering the strategy that won the war in the West. How he did is examined by acclaimed historian Andrew Roberts.
Andrew Roberts, visiting professor in the War Studies Department at King’s College, London, is the author of Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941–1945.