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Andrew Roberts FRHistS FRSL

 

Andrew Roberts, FRHistS FRSL(born 13th January 1963), is a British historian and journalist. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies, King's College London and a Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New York Historical Society. Roberts was educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he earned a first-class degree in Modern History.

His public commentary has appeared in several periodicals such as the Daily Telegraph and The Spectator. Roberts himself is best known for his 2009 non-fiction work The Storm of War. A look at the Second World War covering historical factors such as Hitler's rise to power and the organisation of Nazi Germany, the book has been lauded by several publications such as The Economist, receiving awards such as the British Army Military Book of the Year Award for 2010. In his writings, Roberts supports an interventionist role for the UK in global diplomatic and military affairs, advocating "an active part in defending decency" through the UK's being "one of the world’s foremost moral policemen".

Andrew Roberts was born in London, England, the son of business executive Simon Roberts and Katie Roberts. Simon Roberts, from Cobham, Surrey, inherited the Job's Dairy milk business and also owned the United Kingdom contingent of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. His parents would later sell their interest in the aforementioned milk business in 1987. A prolific reader as a child, he soon gained a passion for history, particularly for dramatic works relating to "battles, wars, assassinations and death".

Roberts attended Cranleigh School as a child. and achieved three As in his A-levels, Roberts managed to get into Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and he went on to chair the Cambridge University Conservative Association. He earned a first class honours B.A. degree in Modern History at Gonville and Caius College in 1985, where he is an honorary senior scholar and honorary PhD. Roberts began his post-graduate career in corporate finance as an investment banker and private company director with the London merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co., where he worked from 1985 to 1988. He published his first historical book in 1991.

He is divorced from his first wife, with whom he had two children. Roberts is married to businesswoman Susan Gilchrist, CEO of the corporate communications firm Brunswick Group LLP and a Governor of the South Bank Centre. They currently live in London.

Roberts has worked with think tank organisations such as the Centre for Policy Studies and the Centre for Social Cohesion. He additionally has maintained personal friendships with several British political and social figures such as David Cameron, Michael Gove and Oliver Letwin. In February 2016, he was appointed President of the Cambridge University Conservative Association.