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The Life of Napoleon with Dr. Andrew Roberts: December 16th, 2014

December 17, 2014 by  
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The REAL Napoleon – Biographer Dr. Andrew Roberts guests

We all know about Napoleon. He was this short guy who had a magnificent love affair with his wife Josephine, who was a dictator in France and lost a huge battle at Waterloo… all of which gave him an inferiority complex.

At least… that’s what we THINK is true about Napoleon. But Dr. Andrew Roberts, scholar, and author of Napoleon, a Life, says Napoleon was a far more complex and charismatic man. In our interview we find out why Napoleon was so driven, what was behind his need to achieve, and that Napoleon had quite a sense of humor!

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About Andrew Roberts:

Dr Andrew Roberts, who was born in 1963, took a first class honours degree in Modern History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an honorary senior scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). He has written or edited twelve books, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world. Based in New York, he is an accomplished public speaker, and is represented by HarperCollins Speakers’ Bureau (See Speaking Engagements and Speaking Testimonials). He has recently lectured at Yale, Princeton and Stanford Universities and at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

In 2011, NBC commissioned him to commentate alongside Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera on the Royal Wedding of Prince William William to Kate Middleton, following his well-received broadcasts at the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and the wedding of Princes Charles to the Duchess of Cornwall. He also commentated for NBC on The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the birth of Prince George of Cambridge.

His biography of Neville Chamberlain’s and Winston Churchill’s foreign secretary, the Earl of Halifax, entitled The Holy Fox was published in 1991, to be followed by the controversial, but no less well-received Eminent Churchillians in 1994. As well as appearing regularly on British and American television and radio, Roberts writes for The Sunday Telegraph and reviews history books and biography for that newspaper as well as The SpectatorLiterary ReviewMail on Sunday and Wall Street Journal.

In 1999 he published Salisbury: Victorian Titan, the authorised biography of the Victorian prime minister the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, which won the Wolfson History Prize and the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Non-Fiction. In September 2001Napoleon and Wellington, an investigation into the relationship between the two great generals, was published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and was the lead review in all but one of Britain’s national newspapers. January 2003 saw the publication of Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership, which coincided with Roberts’s four-part BBC2 history series.

Roberts holds an honorary doctorate from Westminster College, Missouri. He has two children, Henry, who was born in 1997 and Cassia, who was born in 1999. He lives on Park Avenue in Manhattan with his wife, Susan Gilchrist, who is US Managing Partner of the corporate communications firm Brunswick Group, and a Governor of the Southbank Centre.

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