“I felt that I was walking with destiny, and all my life had been but preparation for that hour.” – Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill dominates the history of Britain in the twentieth century – the brash, brave and ambitious young aristocrat who sought out danger in late Victorian wars, the mercurial First Lord of the Admiralty who was responsible for the Dardanelles disaster in 1915, the Home Secretary who crushed the General Strike in 1926, the Colonial Secretary who rode with T. E. Lawrence and Gertrude Bell at the Pyramids, the Chancellor who took the country back to the Gold Standard and then spent more than 10 years in the political wilderness – and who, finally, was summoned to save his country in 1940.
Acclaimed British historian Andrew Roberts’ titanic new biography “Churchill: Walking with Destiny” (Oct. 2018) interprets all these events, gives full visibility to Churchill’s flaws, and brilliantly explains his genius. Roberts used over 40 collections of papers not available to Churchill’s previous biographers, and is the first Churchill biographer to be granted access by Queen Elizabeth II to the private diaries of King George VI.
Dr. Andrew Roberts FRSL FRHistS has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, is a visiting professor at the War Studies Department of King’s College, London, the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, and the author of 13 books, including “Eminent Churchillians,” “Hitler and Churchill,” “A History of the English-speaking Peoples Since 1900,” “The Storm of War: A History of the Second World War,” and “Masters and Commanders: How Roosevelt, Churchill, Alanbrooke and Marshall Won the War in the West.” He is a Trustee of the International Churchill Society, the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust and the National Portrait Gallery.
The Esther B. O’Keeffe Speaker Series features notable speakers from the fields of politics, culture and the media. Lectures take place January through March on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Book signings, when offered, are held in the O’Keeffe Gallery Building following the lecture, and are available to the public at no charge.