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Historian Andrew Roberts discusses Churchill during his visit to Texas Wesleyan

02.18.2019 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
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New York Times best-selling author and historian Andrew Roberts visited the Texas Wesleyan University campus on Feb. 18 to speak to students, faculty, staff and friends of the university on his new book Churchill: Walking with Destiny.

Roberts explained that Churchill knew early in his life that he was destined to do great things for his country.

“He was 16 years old, a schoolboy…when he said to his best friend that there will be terrible upheavals and great struggles in our lives and ‘I will be called upon to save Britain from invasion,’” Roberts said. 

Roberts told the audience about what he called the “avalanche” of new information that has been made available over the last 10 years about the life of the British prime minister that he used to write his latest work.‌

“I was very honored when her majesty the queen allowed me to be the first Churchill biographer to use her father’s diaries.” Those diaries described weekly private meetings between the queen’s father, King George VI, and Churchill during World War II.‌

Roberts also explained that Churchill never hired anyone to speak on his behalf, such as a speechwriter.

“If Winston Churchill said something, you knew that it came directly from him,” Roberts said.

About Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts is a visiting professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London. He has written or edited 19 books, which have been translated into 22 languages.

The New York Times says that Churchill: Walking with Destiny “must surely be the best single-volume biography of Churchill yet written.”

It is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.

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