S2, Episode 5: An Interview with Andrew Roberts

Posted by Benjamin Hannemann on April 4, 2024

Andrew Roberts


An Interview with Andrew Roberts

The state of democracy, upcoming elections, the economy and political discord are just a few of the many issues that are top of mind among Americans today. Yet, as history reminds us, these same challenges have confronted the country since its founding. Looking to history can help inform leaders, communities and citizens on how to navigate times of upheaval with greater confidence and even optimism.

Our guest on this episode of Voices of Freedom is Andrew Roberts, a distinguished scholar who has brought some of history’s most prominent figures to life through his many books, publications, and his podcast. Roberts shares some of the lessons learned from the past and how to apply them to today’s environment.

Andrew Roberts is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a visiting professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College in London and the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New York Historical Society. He has written or edited 20 books and is an accomplished public speaker.

Topics discussed on this episode: 

  • How Andrew chooses his topics and his approach to writing about them
  • His latest book, co-authored with General David Petraeus, Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine
  • Vladmir Putin and how history may view him
  • Andrew’s take on the level of engagement America should have in current conflicts
  • Key differences in how war is waged today versus during World War II
  • Universal characteristics of good leaders
  • Andrew’s service in the House of Lords
  • How the study of history has changed his life

In 2022, Andrew was elevated to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords as Baron Roberts of Belgravia. He is also a 2016 Bradley Prize winner.