Andrew Roberts is a prize-winning, internationally-recognized historian, biographer, New York Times best-selling author and keynote speaker. As well as appearing regularly on British and American television and radio, Dr. Roberts writes for and reviews history books and biographies for The Sunday Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal and The National Review. With the publication of his book A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 (Harper Perennial), Roberts was invited to deliver the prestigious White House Lecture in 2007. His latest book, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, won the British Army Military Book of the Year Award and was featured on MSNBC and Fox & Friends, and quickly became a New York Times best-seller. In April 2011, he presented NBC's coverage of the Royal Wedding with Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera. Dr. Roberts has given keynote speeches to hundreds of highly esteemed organizations, including Barclay's Capital 9/11 Memorial Garden Dinner, the Blenheim Palace Literary Festival, the English-Speaking Union, Hilton Hotels, the Institute of Economic Affairs, Oxford University, and international literary festivals and museums.
Roberts is active in public policy programs and sits on the boards or advisory councils of a number of think-tanks and pressure groups, including The Centre for Policy Studies, The European Foundation, The Centre for Social Cohesion, The United Kingdom National Defence Association, The Freedom Association, the British Weights and Measures Association, and The Bruges Group. He is a Director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation in New York, a founding member of President Jose Maria Aznar's Friends of Israel Committee (alongside Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa and Alejandro Toledo), and in 2010, Roberts chaired the Hessell-Tiltman Award for Non-Fiction.
His biography The Holy Fox, which focused on Neville Chamberlain's and Winston Churchill's foreign secretary, the Earl of Halifax, 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 authorized 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 2001 Napoleon and Wellington, an investigation into the relationship between the two great generals, was the lead review in all but one of Britain's national newspapers. 2003 saw the publication of Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership, which coincided with Roberts's four-part BBC2 history series. In 2004, he edited What Might Have Been, a collection of twelve "What If?" essays written by distinguished historians. In 2005 Roberts published Waterloo: The Battle for Modern Europe. All of Roberts's books are featured on his website, www.andrew-roberts.net.
Roberts is a judge on the Elizabeth Longford Historical Biography Prize, chaired the Conservative Party's Advisory Panel on the Teaching of History in School, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Napoleonic Institute and an Honorary Member of the International Churchill Society (UK). He is a Trustee of the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust and of the Roberts Foundation.
Roberts holds an honorary doctorate from Westminster College, Missouri, and will be receiving a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in early 2011. He has two children, Henry and Cassia, and lives in Manhattan with his wife, Susan Gilchrist.
Praise for Andrew Roberts's keynote speeches:
"Andrew Roberts is singular. His White House Lecture was inspired, brilliant, and altogether captivating. Andrew is a gifted, wonderful speaker."
-- Timothy Goeglein, former special assistant to President George W. Bush, and deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison
"Andrew Roberts is brilliant. He's unique in his ability to call upon his prodigious command of a broad spectrum of historical events while engaging the audience in a way which is hugely entertaining and extremely relevant. His witty, provocative style plays equally well on either side of the Atlantic and he never fails to deliver."
-- Jerry del Missier, Co-CEO Barclays Capital and Co-Chief Executive Barclays Corporate and Investment Banking
"We invited Andrew Roberts to give the after-dinner speech at our Association of Investment Companies Annual Dinner. This is a prestigious dinner for senior financiers, fund managers, advisers and listed company directors -- an audience which is not easy to please. I myself found the talk on Churchill's use of language in his own speeches informative and entertaining. But perhaps more relevant is the amount of unsolicited positive feedback I received from colleagues and fellow directors both after the dinner and in letters of thanks. He wears his erudition lightly, and is both witty and amusing."
-- Carol Ferguson, CEO of the Association of Investment Companies
"All of us at PCI remember the wonderful presentation that Andrew Roberts gave our Annual Meeting in Orlando last year. Our members and clients were fascinated by what he had to say."
-- David Sampson, President of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
"Andrew Roberts brings to his audiences the best of his exceptional historical scholarship, captivating and engaging them with fascinating narratives which he presents with clarity and a most pleasant demeanor."
-- Diane Sehler, Director of Academic, International, and Cultural Programs of The Bradley Institute
"Andrew Roberts ranks as one of the foremost military historians of his generation. He came to the Alexander Hamilton Institute highly recommended as a lecturer. He exceeded raised expectations. Behind the lectern, he dazzles with an unusual combination of erudition, wit, and charm. Cicero reminds us that great orators are rare because of the difficulty of the art. In Andrew Roberts, the art has found a master and commander."
-- Robert L. Paquette, co-founder, Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization
"I regard Andrew Roberts as the most brilliant military and political historian now writing in English. He lectured, by invitation, at my Princeton Summer program -- by far the most eloquent, even spell-binding, lecture (on the Second World War) most of us had ever heard. I commend him to you without qualification."
-- General Josiah Bunting III, President of HF Guggenheim Foundation
"Andrew infects audiences with a passion for his topic and they leave feeling both educated and entertained."
-- James Riley, CFO Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong
"Andrew Roberts is among the most gifted public speakers of our time. He manages to combine an encyclopedic command of political history with a wry and winning delivery"
-- Roger Kimball, Co-Editor: The New Criterion
"I have selected speakers several times a year for over a decade and have never found one that can match Andrew Roberts's breadth of knowledge, command of subject matter and showmanship. In a guest speaker if you want someone who: knows his material, knows his client, knows the audience (not always the same thing) and can deliver remarks that fit the occasion; then you want Andrew Roberts."
-- Eric Petersen, Chairman of The Other Other Club, Wisconsin
Praise for The Storm of War:
"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. He has visited many of the battlefields, and has an unusually good eye for detail as well as a painterly skill at physical description. He is just as much at home at sea as on land; from Midway to El Alamein his prose is unerringly precise and strikingly vivid. It is hard to imagine a better-told military history of World War II. Though the counterfactuals in Roberts's conclusion provoke thought, the real interest of his book resides in its robustly conventional virtues - scholarly dedication to the sources, humane identification with the soldiers and remarkably effective prose."
-- The New York Times Book Review
'Mr. Roberts' book elegantly balances fact, thought and fresh, clear prose...Mr. Roberts makes a compelling case that the Nazis lost, in large part, because the repressive ideology they espoused left no room for dissent, realism, voluntary cooperation or creativity at the top. Mr. Roberts has set a high bar for future historians of mankind's greatest bloodbath. In The Storm of War, Andrew Roberts splendidly weaves a human tragedy into a story of war's remorseless statistics."
-- The Wall Street Journal
"With his new book on the Second World War, British historian Andrew Roberts has not only written the single best history of that conflict, but also claimed his place as one of our top historians. I would have said it couldn't be done, to do the whole of World War Two in 600 pages and get it right, not at any rate without leaving out great chunks, but Roberts has managed to do it, and do it superbly well. The idea that somebody has been able to approach objectively, and tell the whole story is amazing, and gives one, for a change, a hopeful feeling about the writing of history."
-- Michael Korda for The Daily Beast
"This is history as it should be written. Award-winning historian Roberts, a master storyteller, combines a comprehensive command of sources, a sophisticated analytical dimension, and fingertip balance between great events and their personal dimensions.'"
-- Publishers Weekly
"Roberts' recounting of WWII reflects a seasoned historian's astute grasp of campaigns and leaders in Europe and the Pacific, of armaments, and of the war's numbing toll of 50 million dead, which he humanizes in vignettes of soldiers and civilians. Arguing fluidly and forcefully, Roberts knowledgeably interprets the global conflict for a general audience."