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Hitler & Churchill

Reviews

'The relaxed, lucid prose is accessible to anyone with an interest in the topic.' Clemency Burton Hill, The Observer

‘This book is as fine an example of the first-class essay as you could hope to read. It is ingenious. It is witty. It compares and contrasts. Above all, it never bores.’ Niall Ferguson, BBC History Magazine

‘His book is timely and a triumph. … Tony Blair could do worse than read Andrew Roberts’s book to remind himself of what it takes to achieve historical greatness.’ Michael Burleigh, The Evening Standard

‘This book … contains a rich selection of anecdotes about both men that will inform and entertain. It succeeds, above all, in pulling together strands of these two titanic figures in a way that ought to enlighten yet further even the most battle-hardened reader of books on the bloodiest war in history.’ Simon Heffer, Country Life

‘Roberts has accepted the challenge on the back of his forthcoming television series exploring the qualities of leadership that brought the two men face to face across the English Channel in 1940. The result is lively, thought-provoking, and hugely entertaining … No-one reading Roberts could fail to understand why Churchill topped the recent poll as our greatest Briton.’ Richard Overy, The Literary Review

‘As a straightforward ‘compare and contrast’ essay, it is full of telling detail, often very wittily related.’ Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday

‘This stimulating and highly readable book is more than a point-by-point comparison. It meditates on leadership itself, on history, history-makers and history-writers, on ironies past and present.’ Alan Judd, The Daily Telegraph

‘Fascinating and thought-provoking. … Thoroughly well-worth reading.’ Antony Beevor, The Sunday Telegraph

‘The best recommendation of this very entertaining and convincing book it that it is full, not just of funny and engaging stories very well told, but of some very startling illustrations.’ Philip Hensher, The Spectator

‘The study of history remains a constant joy, as well as a challenge and a path to enlightenment for Andrew Roberts. That is why indubitably, Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership is the most accomplished – and sexiest - historical work published so far this year. It is also one of the most pertinent.’ Michael Beaumont, Yorkshire Post

‘A rattlingly enjoyable book’ The Economist

‘Roberts’s strength is in his unashamed selectiveness. The essential often lies in the detail. One may quibble or even disagree with some of the things he says, but the point of the book is to stimulate thinking and in that he most certainly succeeds.’ Irish Independent

‘Andrew Roberts’s stylish, analytical and often unexpectedly amusing study of these two adversaries is a brilliant and highly readable demonstration of how Hitler and Churchill’s seemingly very different forms of greatness exhibited shared elements. Often, glorious humour leaps from the fascinating illustrations that so enliven and illuminate the author’s text. With Roberts’s light and elegant touch, and gimlet-sharp perceptions, this book is not to be missed.’ Colin McKelvie, The Field

‘As a study of leadership, of good and evil, this is a fascinating book that is as timely as ever.’ Contemporary Review

‘Andrew Roberts does a first rate job unmasking the men behind the medals.’ Daily Express

‘It’s testament to Roberts’s elegant yet plain speaking prose that he manages to squeeze such an epic chunk of history into 350 pages.’ Richard Warburton, Birmingham Post

‘Enthralling, informative, compelling and brilliantly written.’ Mentor

‘It is enthralling, informative, compelling and brilliantly written. History, unlike literary criticism, is lucky in that it has first-rank scholars who can write in a direct and simply way. Andrew Roberts is one of the very best.’ Eric Hester, Catholic Times

‘This fascinating book examines the very different leadership styles of Winston Churchill and his great adversary. In the process, Roberts dissects their personalities and lifestyles, right down to tastes in food, clothes and friends.’ Western Daily Press

‘Andrew Roberts’s book on the leadership styles of Churchill and Hitler has a good deal of relevance.’ Leicester Mercury

‘Andrew Roberts, in his own inimitable style, offers a contrasting study of leadership in ‘Hitler & Churchill’’ John Yates, Writers News

‘Roberts finds enough points of convergence between the two men to produce an attractively constructed diptych.’ The Week

‘Roberts argues that the nature of leadership still largely relies on appeal to a limited range of human emotions. In this book, he shows how both Hitler and Churchill did this.’ The Northumberland Journal

‘Fascinating’ Evening Chronicle, County Durham

‘One of the merits of Roberts’s Churchill is that, though his version is broadly orthodox, it is written with enough weight … to prompt us to think about Churchill historiography as a whole.’ Frank Johnson, Times Literary Supplement

‘This superb book includes plenty of insight into the business of leadership, some surprising judgments and some revealing details.’ Sunday Times

‘Writing with his customary verve and wit, Roberts avoids any whiff of the exam hall in this compare and contrast exercise.’ The Independent

‘Roberts is full of good stories, including the true version of how Churchill took over in 1940.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Roberts eschews pedestrian point-by-point comparisons in favour of a more meditative contemplation on the techniques and qualities of leadership and the size of ego necessary to pursue it. An illuminating essay on the two behemoths written in an accessible and often witty style.’ Herald

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