A Conversation with Andrew Roberts
Jan 28, 2019
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On Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, the LBJ Foundation hosted British historian and author Andrew Roberts. In a conversation moderated by Karl Rove, Roberts discussed his recent best-seller, Churchill: Walking with Destiny.
About the Book
When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and defeat seemed inevitable? In Walking With Destiny, Andrew Roberts gives readers the full and definitive Winston Churchill, from birth to lasting legacy, as personally revealing as it is compulsively readable.
Roberts is the first historian granted access to King George IV’s private diary recounting his weekly meetings with Churchill during WW II. In addition, Roberts makes use of extensive new material drawn from previously unknown transcripts of War Cabinet meetings as well as diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs from Churchill’s contemporaries which appear here for the first time help Roberts to show the man in new light.
“Is this the best Churchill biography yet?...the answer has to be ‘yes’.”
“The best single-volume biography of Churchill yet written.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Terrific...drawing on many previously untapped sources, Mr. Roberts has produced a more complete picture of his subject than any previous biography.”
“Unarguably the best single-volume biography of Churchill...A brilliant feat of storytelling, monumental in scope, yet put together with tenderness for a man who had always believed that he would be Britain’s savior.” —Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Andrew Roberts is the bestselling author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945, Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Gamble, and Napoleon: A Life, the last the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and a finalist for the Plutarch Award. He has won many other prizes, including the Wolfson History Prize and the Brit¬ish Army Military Book of the Year, and frequently writes for The Wall Street Journal. He lives in London.
About the Moderator
Karl Rove served as senior advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and deputy chief of staff from 2004–2007. He is the author of The Triumph of William McKinley and Courage and Consequence; a Fox News contributor; and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
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