“An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hitler & Churchill—Secrets of Leadership is made from Andrew Roberts’ recent BBC television series, Secrets of Leadership, in which he sought to tease out the management secrets of four famous charismatic leaders—Hitler, Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John F. Ken-nedy.
With this book, Roberts returns to his favorite subjects—Winston Churchill’s life and times and, behind that, the larger theme of Britain versus the Continent. Roberts is the author also of Holy Fox (a biography of Lord Halifax) and Eminent Churchillians (a collection of essays about Churchill and his contemporaries), plus a superlative biography of Victorian Prime Minister Lord Salisbury, a Eurosceptical novel called The Aachen Memorandum, and Napoleon and Wellington. In accordance with his Atlanticist sentiments, he is presently writing a biography of Henry Kissinger.
Roberts is a conservative and a patriot. All his books are informed by these identities and by a nostalgia for the more serious, literate Britain, with its authoritative Parliament, respected institutions, glorious pageantry, and civilized mode of behavior that predominated until the 1960’s...