The Last King of America: Andrew Roberts on King George III

Uncommon Knowledge | 11 January 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his book The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III. Discusses the monarch who led England during the American Revolution and who has been made into something of a caricature by Americans, most recently by his portrayal in the musical Hamilton as a preening, stuck-up (but funny) king of England. Deconstructs that distortion to give a nuanced portrait of the man who created the conditions for America’s independence. Explains the dynamics between the British parliament and the nascent American government. Describes the writing of and subsequent British reaction to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the Craft of Biography

EconTalk | 26 August 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about the life of Winston Churchill and the art of biography. How did Churchill deal with the mistakes he inevitably made in a long career? Was he prescient or just the right man in the right place at the right time? Was he an alcoholic? Did he suffer from depression? Drawing on his biography of Churchill, Andrew Roberts answers these and other questions in this wide-ranging conversation that includes a discussion of the mechanics of writing a 1000 page book on a man who has had over 1000 biographies written about him already.

Napoleon

Start the Week | 20 October 2014 | 0h 41m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses Napoleon’s impact during his lifetime, in France and across Europe and how much of this remains today. Andrew Roberts examines the man in his biography, Jenny Uglow explores living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815, Sudhir Hazareesingh looks at his legend, while musicologist Gavin Plumley focuses on Schubert in Vienna in the aftermath of Napoleon.

Andrew Roberts on Winston Churchill

The Book Club| 11 October 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his new biography of Winston Churchill, which draws on newly available archival material. Covers Churchill’s belief that he was ‘walking with destiny’, his prophecies of European disaster in the 1930s, as well as his drinking habits, the racist charges against him, and his singular ability to deliver some of the most memorable speeches of the 20th century.