A USA Today Book You Won't Want to Miss
A Washington Post Book to Read in November
A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of November
A Mental Floss Best Book of 2018
An Octavian Report Essential Read for 2019
A New York Post Book That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday Gift
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018
A Lit Hub Best Book of 2018
Shortlisted for the 2019 Plutarch Award
"The best single-volume biography of Churchill yet written. . . .
Roberts tells this story with great authority and not a little
panache. He writes elegantly, with enjoyable flashes of tartness,
and is in complete command both of his sources and the vast
—Richard Aldous, The New York Times
"Terrific . . . By drawing on many previously untapped sources,
Mr. Roberts has produced a more complete picture of his subject
than any previous biography."
"Even if you’ve read every other book about the former prime
minister and seen all the movies, expect revelations. For
example: The royal family permitted the author to read King
George VI’s diary notes about his wartime meetings with
Churchill. That’s a first."
—The Washington Post
"Brilliant, breathtaking, unputdownable . . . the definitive
picture of our greatest political leader. All Roberts's past life
has been but a preparation for this hour and this work, and this
brilliant book is a fitting crown to his own career."
—London Evening Standard
"Roberts’ new biography (★★★★ out of four) stands tall,
re-illuminating the well-etched contours of Churchill’s
monumental life with scrupulous scholarship and a flair for
unearthing the telling detail; looking twice where most
biographers have been content to glance once."
"In this season of giving, get (and give) Andrew Roberts’s
brilliant new biography. . . . A review last month in The
Times called it 'the best single-volume biography of Churchill
yet written,' but it’s more than that. It’s an antidote to the
reigning conceits, self-deceptions, half-truths and clichés of
—Bret Stephens, The New York Times
"The best biography of Winston ever written . . . bursts with
character, humour and incident on almost every page."
—The Sunday Times
“At a time when every fraud and charlatan is taking refuge in
spurious fantasies of Churchilliana, it is salutary to read this
brilliant, bracing mega-biography of Winston Churchill and be
reminded what Britain’s most famous prime minister was actually
"Fantastically readable prose, which flows along in a
pitch-perfect combination of erudition and eloquence . . . In
brightly engaging chapters, Roberts takes readers through all the
stages of Churchill's adventurous life as a soldier of the empire
and then as a professional politician . . . Roberts is a shrewd
and experienced biographer."
—Christian Science Monitor
"A tour de force of scrupulous selection and astute appraisal,
perhaps the best full-scale biography to date in a field where
the competition has been crowded and stiff."
"A stupendous achievement: lucid, erudite, intelligent, but also
inspiring. Roberts catches the imperishable grandeur of
Churchill's life as no other historian has done. Roberts does
full justice to Churchill’s superhuman range of activity."
"The best single-volume life imaginable of a man whose life
it would seem technically impossible to get into a
"Roberts brilliantly conjures up one of the most fascinating
characters of all time. He enriches the saga with wonderful
examples of Churchill's aristocratic eccentricities, glittering
oratory and wit."
"It’s the sort of biography that, one feels, Churchill himself
would have wanted: colossal, energetic, deeply knowledgeable,
properly critical, but also sympathetic and, in places,
—Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph
"Roberts is a master storyteller."
—The Weekly Standard
"[Roberts's] research is outstanding, based on archival and
primary sources . . . What emerges in Roberts' book is a man full
of complexities. . . . Roberts' book is full of insights and
facts that provide a deeper understanding of Churchill."
—Tom Hallman, Jr., The Oregonian
"This definitive biography of the storied leader was made
possible through unprecedented access to material, including
diaries, letters, unpublished memoirs and even the detailed diary
notes taken by King George VI."
—New York Post
"Terrific . . . Churchill probably lived the most variegated life
of any political figure of the 20th century. Moreover, he was
obnoxious, charming, emotional, selfish and patriotic. Roberts
has captured his complexity in a way that few historians have
—The Boston Herald
"Roberts’s brilliant new book is not only learned and sagacious
but also thrilling and fun. An award-winning historian and
biographer, an expert on statecraft, leadership, and the Second
World War, Roberts writes with authority and confidence. Enriched
by such previously unseen material as King George VI’s wartime
diaries, [Churchill] should stand as the definitive one-volume
—The City Journal
"Andrew Roberts has written the best single-volume biography of
Winston Churchill to date."
—New York Journal of Books
"Widely praised as the best single-volume biography of Winston
Churchill ever written, historian and commentator Roberts draws
on previously unavailable journals and notes for the robust,
engrossing, and nuanced history of the great British leader."
—The National Book Review
"Roberts writes gripping narrative history without deserting high
scholarly standards. . . . Surely the last word for years to come
"Like all of Andrew Roberts’s histories, Churchill is massively
researched and exquisitely written. The author’s sharp sense of
humor is often in evidence and warmly complements Churchill’s
own. This is a brilliant work, by a very fine historian, on a
permanently heroic and always fascinating figure."
—The New Criterion
"Wonderful, masterly . . . There have been few lives as long,
momentous, and wide-ranging as that of Sir Winston Churchill,
author, adventurer, orator, wit, painter, animal lover, friend,
and politician. Andrew Roberts’s masterful, supremely readable
biography has a text 982 pages long. It could hardly have been
shorter and told so extraordinary a story so well."
"The most superb one-volume biography I have ever read—of anyone.
. . . Roberts also manages something I thought impossible. He has
given us a new, ground-breaking portrait of the man whom many
consider to be the greatest ever Englishman. . . . Roberts’s
brilliance as a biographer was clear from his very first, of Lord
Halifax. Re-reading it in tandem with this magnificent Churchill,
one sees yet again just how finely history turns on random and
uncertain events. . . . This is a simply wonderful book. A
living, poetic, stirring yet thought-provoking portrait of a
giant, it will be regarded as a classic for generations to come."
—The Jewish Chronicle
"Terrific. . . . [Roberts] is one of the great historians of his
generation and he is stupendously readable. . . . Andrew Roberts
has captured [Churchill’s] complexity in a way that few
historians have ever imagined."
—The American Spectator
“Not only is it the best biography I have read this year; it
might well be the best I’ve read ever. In terms of Roberts’s
oeuvre, this book will surely stand as his masterpiece. This is
biography as art, and a finer example one could scarcely hope to
read. Why on earth does the world need another biography of
Churchill? Before reading this, it would have been hard to say.
Afterwards, very easy indeed—because it needed Andrew Roberts to
—The Catholic Herald
“Winston Churchill was perhaps the greatest leader of the
twentieth century and a person who never ceases to fascinate and
inspire. Widely hailed as the best single volume biography of
Churchill ever written, historian Roberts’ magisterial biography
captures the unfailing spirit of the man who saved Europe in all
his flawed brilliance.”
—The Octavian Report
"In my opinion, the book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, is the
most precious gift of the year 2018—in history, education,
knowledge, and literature. . . . If there were a Nobel Prize for
historical research, Andrew Roberts would be a perfect
—The Jerusalem Report
"A page-turner . . . full of new material that has not been
previously available to Churchill scholars. Roberts manages to
mobilize these tremendous sources into a well-paced narrative
that is full of exciting passages—which matches perfectly the
venturesome spirit of Winston Churchill."
—Law & Liberty
"A complex and compelling depiction of one of the most important
political leaders of the 20th century, one sure to enlighten and
provoke both those familiar with Churchill and those who may know
little beyond . . . a tour de force. Roberts has given us a great
gift. He presents a Churchill in all of his complexity. What
makes this book essential for those who care about reviving and
defending liberal democracy in our time is that it reminds us
that, even at moments when old hatreds burn bright and few are
willing to swim against the current, it is still possible for
great leaders to emerge."
"I didn’t think we really needed a new Churchill biography, or,
having read so many, that I would find a new one catching up my
attention, but Roberts proved me wrong. In addition to new source
material, Roberts’s judgments about Churchill, and his keen
selection of the most salient details about Churchill thought and
action, are superb."
—Claremont Review of Books
"A magnificent and carefully nuanced life and times of Winston
Churchill, elegantly written, studded with new research, and
deeply imagined. Andrew Roberts accomplishes a minor miracle in
offering a fresh, empathetic portrait in an authoritative and
fast-paced narrative that never flags. Roberts explores Winston
Churchill’s strengths and weaknesses as a leader, his
self-centeredness and his generosity, allowing us to feel both
Churchill’s personal vulnerabilities as well as his force as a
—Biographers International Organization
"A heroic biography, appropriately matched to the ambition,
egotism, and undoubted achievement of the life it describes. It
will surely remain the outstanding Churchill biography for many
years to come."
—International Churchill Society
"The newly definitive one-volume biography of its subject . . .
Andrew Roberts has brilliantly reconstructed the life of a
titanic figure of the twentieth century within the intellectual
context of his times. As such, Churchill constitutes a
first-rate, authentic work of historical scholarship for our
—History News Network
"Riveting . . . A masterful biography, rich in detail and
—Booklist (starred review)
"A well-researched and exceptionally well-written biography . . .
This compelling book is likely to become a standard text on
Churchill and will be difficult to keep on the shelves."
—Library Journal (starred review)
"This biography is exhaustively researched, beautifully written
and paced, deeply admiring but not hagiographic, and empathic and
balanced in its judgments—a magnificent achievement."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A clear, well-limned view of a complex figure who, in no danger
of being forgotten, continues to inspire. The most comprehensive
single-volume biography of Churchill that we have in print and a
boon for any student of the statesman and his times."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
Andrew Roberts is the bestselling author of The
Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, Masters and
Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945,
Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Gamble and Napoleon: A Life, winner of
the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and a finalist for
the Plutarch Award. He has won many other prizes, including the
Wolfson History Prize and the British Army Military Book of the
Year, and frequently writes for The Wall Street Journal. He lives
in London and often lectures in New York.