In this article, British historian Barnaby Crowcroft reviews Andrew Roberts’ book Leadership in War: An Antidote to Cynicism, which discusses lessons from the lives of nine figures who made history.


This book review, written for the National Review, makes the following points:
  • The reviewer believes that Andrew Roberts’ book ‘Leadership in War’ is an understated treasure.
  • The book originated from a series of lectures Roberts gave to the New-York Historical Society,
  • Roberts’ book is a collection of pen-portraits of nine leaders who have made history, for better and for worse.
  • The leaders featured in Roberts’ book are Napoleon, Nelson, Churchill, Generals Marshall and Eisenhower, Charles de Gaulle, Margaret Thatcher, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
  • Crowcroft asserts that if a single conclusion had to be drawn from Roberts’ book, it would be that there are many acts of greatness in the lives of great leaders.



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