Andrew Roberts is one of Britain's foremost historians Eminent Churchillians spent almost two months on the Sunday Times bestseller list Hitler and Churchill was also a Sunday Times Bestseller Andrew Roberts won the James Stern Silver Pen Prize for Non-Fiction and was the Joint Winner of the Wolfson Prize for History 'An elegantly written, thought-provoking book...an essential reappraisal of British myths since 1939' The Times 'A book of quite exceptional quality...Roberts resembles Strachey in his iconoclasm, and in the brilliance of his writing' Sunday Telegraph 'The best sort of history - revealing, gossipy and acidulous' Independent 'Not since A J P Taylor gave his legendary lectures on the origins of the Second World War has an historical study given me such intellectual and aesthetic satisfaction' John Torode, Independent on Sunday
Andrew Roberts took a first in Modern History at Gonville & Caius, Cambridge. He won the Wolfson History prize for his biography, Salisbury: Victorian Titan. He writes and reviews regularly in the press. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
A bestseller in Britain, Roberts's slashing and unsettling reappraisal of key figures in Britain of the period 1940-55 portrays Winston Churchill as a profound, unrepentant racist and white supremacist, even by the standards of his time. Roberts ponders the irony that Churchill's government, because of liberal guilt and postwar fatigue, made no move to limit immigration; the results, he argues, were the imposition of a multiracial society upon an unwilling nation and reliance on low-wage labor, which slowed the drive for greater industrial productivity. The Conservative party hierarchy, Roberts shows, fought an undeclared war against Churchill, privately airing doubts about his leadership even during critical moments such as the Battle of Britain. Lord Louis Mountbatten, in Roberts's scathing profile, was a mendacious hustler whose negligence and incompetence caused many deaths in WWII and contributed to the bloodshed attending India's partition. Also profiled with acid wit are King George VI, ardent supporter of appeasement of Hitler; Walter Monckton, Churchill's minister of labour, conciliator of trade unions; and popular historian Sir Arthur Bryant, a toady and Nazi sympathizer. (July)