Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, and Lewis E. Lehrman, Chairman of the Lehrman Institute, has announced that Andrew Roberts, a leading military historian, will be the first Lehrman Institute Distinguished Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. Dr. Roberts will serve as the Distinguished Fellow for three years, from November 2014 through November 2017.
Andrew Roberts is the Merrill Family Visiting Professor at Cornell University. He has written or edited twelve books and appears regularly on international radio and television broadcasts. His forthcoming biography of Napoleon will be accompanied by a three-part television series on the BBC. He received a number of awards for his recent bestsellers Masters & Commanders and The Storm of War.
“Andrew Roberts is among the most brilliant military and political historians of our time, uniquely capable of engaging audiences in the broad sweep of history while provoking new thought and debate,” Mirrer said in a statement to the press. “Dr. Roberts’ forthcoming book on Napoleon was researched in part using our Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, a library which is second only to the Library of Congress in its collections around early American history. We are honored indeed that Dr. Roberts will return to the New-York Historical Society in the fall to offer three lectures on the topic of Napoleon and leadership, and grateful to our distinguished trustee, Lewis E. Lehrman, for enabling us to further the scholarly mission and purpose of our institution through this new fellowship program.”
Roberts’ books have ranged over 19th and 20th century British and French history. They include A History of the English Speaking Peoples since 1900; The Holy Fox: A Biography of Lord Halifax; Salisbury: Victorian Titan; The House of Windsor; Napoleon and Wellington: The Battle of Waterloo—And the Great Commanders Who Fought It; and Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership.
Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. The Lehrman Institute is dedicated to public policy, educational and historical research and study. It was founded in 1972 by Lewis E. Lehrman. The Lehrman Institute has sponsored a wide range of research and discussion in the fields of economics, historical research, foreign policy, and urban policy.