Prize-winning British historian tells the story of the English-speaking peoples in the 20th century
Winston Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples ended in 1900. Andrew Roberts, Wolfson History prizewinner has been inspired by Churchill's example to write the story of the 20th century.
Churchill wrote: 'Every nation or group of nations has its own tale to tell. Knowledge of the trials and struggles is necessary to all who would comprehend the problems, perils, challenges, and opportunities which confront us today It is in the hope that contemplation of the trials and tribulations of our forefathers may not only fortify the English-speaking peoples of today, but also play some small part in uniting the whole world, that I present this account.'
As the greatest of all the trials and tribulations of the English-speaking peoples took place in the twentieth century, Roberts' book covers the four world-historical struggles in which the English-speaking peoples have been engaged - the wars against German Nationalism, Axis Fascism, Soviet Communism and now the War against Terror.
But just as Churchill did in his four volumes, Roberts also deals with the cultural, social and political history of the English global diaspora.
a brilliant revisionist history of the English-speaking peoples which deserves to beput into the hands of every teenager. - LITERARY REVIEW - Michael Burleigh
Magnificently provoking. ... A worthy successor to Churchill's history of the same subject. ... This is not a book for those who like their history written in various shades of apologetic grey. This is history written with the author's heart on his sleeve. This is a work of astonishing range and depth, combining as it does a polemical flair with sure-footed scholarship. - NEW STATESMAN - Hywel Williams
This book takes no prisoners. It is a bold, uncompromising trumpet blast in celebration of the political, economic and cultural achievements of the English-Speaking Peoples in the 20th century and until the present day. ... Roberts is never without a trenchant opinion or a scathing denunciation of humbug. In robust prose and armed with immense learning, he is always readable and never loses sight of his overarching theme. - DAILY EXPRESS - Christopher Silvester
Now Andrew Roberts the celebrated biographer of Lord Halifax and Salisbury, takes the story to the present day in his own epic. - EVENING STANDARD - Brendan Simms
This book makes exhilarating reading if you believe all has been and remains right with the world as long as the English-speaking peoples are in charge. - THE DAILY MAIL - Peter Lewis
Andrew Roberts took a first in Modern History at Cambridge. He has been a professional historian since the publication of his life of Lord Halifax , The Holy Fox, in 1991, followed by Eminent Churchillians in 1994 . He contributes regularly to the Sunday Telegraph. Lives in Knightsbridge, London, and has two children. His Salisbury won the Wolfson History Prize in 2000. His books include Napoleon and Wellington in 2001, Hitler and Churchill (based on BBC-2 series) in 2003. What Might Have Been (editor) in 2004. His History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900 was published in 2006 and won the Walter Bagehot Prize .