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Hitler and Churchill : secrets of leadership
Roberts, Andrew, 1963-
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London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, [2003]

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xxxiii, 202 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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TV tie-in.
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DD247.H5 R63 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Choosing Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill, two totally opposite leaders--both in what they stood for and in the way they appeared to lead--award-winning historian Andrew Roberts examines the subtleties of political and military leadership. Drawing intriguing parallels with leaders from other eras, and incisively examining those aspects of leadership that Hitler and Churchill had in common, Roberts arrives at a series of fascinating conclusions. Andrew Roberts is the author of Eminent Churchillians and Salisbury: Victorian Titan, winner of the Wolfson History Prize.

Author Notes

Andrew Roberts was born on January 13, 1963 in Hammersmith, England. He studied at Gonville and Caius College and earned his B.A. degree in Modern History in 1985. He began his post-graduate career in corporate finance as an investment banker and private company director with the London merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. He published his first historical book in 1991.

He went on to become a public commentator appearing 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 received the British Army Military Book of the Year Award for 2010. In 2018 his work, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, made the Bestseller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Choice Review

After a few revisionist critiques, the preponderance of historical opinion about Winston Churchill has swung back in favor of portraying him as a heroic and successful defender of democratic values against totalitarianism. Roberts, a journalist and biographer, wholeheartedly agrees in this companion volume to his Secrets of Leadership BBC television series. Based on secondary sources, the book consists mostly of a series of comparisons of Hitler to Churchill, the vast majority of which are, of course, favorable to the latter. At some points the subjects of comparisons seem humorously random--crying, for example (Churchill did, Hitler didn't); country retreat (Hitler, Bavarian mountainside; Churchill, green fields of Kent)--calling to mind Don DeLillo's comparisons of Hitler and Elvis in his comic novel White Noise (1985). The best parts of the book involve Roberts's breezy assessments of current historical opinions. But the inadequate footnotes and bibliography and occasional sloppiness in detail (Christopher Browning is not "of Princeton Univ.") make the book unsuitable for serious academic use. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Public libraries. J. R. Breihan Loyola College in Maryland

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Hitler and Churchill to 1939p. 1
Hitler and Churchill from 1940p. 83
Conclusionp. 181
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 223