Andrew Roberts, Churchill: Walking with Destiny

Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/14/18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Pritzker Military Museum & Library

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Pritzker Military Museum & Library


Andrew Roberts, Churchill: Walking with Destiny

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:00pm

Author Andrew Roberts visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book about the iconic WWII leader. Sponsored by The International Churchill Society.

When we seek an example of unalloyed courage, the man who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the visionary leader, immune from the consensus of the day, 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 the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In The Storm of War, Andrew Roberts gave us a tantalizing glimpse of Churchill the war leader. Now, at last, we have the full and definitive biography, as personally revealing as it is compulsively readable, about one of the great leaders of all time.

Roberts was granted exclusive access to extensive new material: the transcripts of war cabinet meetings– the equivalent of the Nixon and JFK tapes–diaries, letters, unpublished memoirs, and detailed notes taken by the king after their bi-weekly meetings. Having read every one of Churchill’s letters–including deeply personal ones that Churchill’s son Randolph had previously chosen to withhold–and spoken to more than one hundred people who knew or worked with him, Roberts identifies the hidden forces fueling Churchill’s drive. Churchill put his faith in the British Empire and fought as hard to preserve it as he did to defend London. Having started his career in India and South Africa, he understood better than most idealists how hard it can be to pacify reluctant people far from home. We think of Churchill as a hero of the age of mechanized warfare, but Roberts’s masterwork reveals that he has as much to teach us about the challenges we face today–and the fundamental values of courage, tenacity, leadership, and moral conviction.

ANDREW ROBERTS is a biographer and historian of international renown whose books include Salisbury: Victorian Titan (winner of the Wolfson Prize for History), Masters and Commanders (winner of the Emery Reves Award) and The Storm of War (winner of the British Army Book Prize). His most recent book was Napoleon the Great (2014), which won the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon and the Los Angeles Times Biography Prize. Roberts is a Fellow of the Royal Societies of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, and a Trustee of the International Churchill Society. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Dept of War Studies at King’s College, London, and the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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