Masters and Commanders (Hardcover)
How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945
Harper, 9780061228575, 720pp.
Publication Date: May 5, 2009
"Masterly. . . . A triumph of vivid description, telling anecdotes, and informed analysis.”
—The New York Review of Books
"Britain's finest contemporary military historian."
— The Economist
An epic joint biography of four titanic figures—a President, a Prime Minister, and two Generals—who shaped the grand strategy of the Allies during World War II.
About the Author
Andrew Roberts is the author of Masters and Commanders and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900. His other books include Napoleon and Wellington, Eminent Churchillians, and Salisbury, which won the Wolfson History Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a PhD in history from Cambridge University and writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Beast. He lives in New York City.
Praise For Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945…
— Mark Mazower, The Guardian
“Andrew Roberts, a tenacious archival historian and gifted writer, looks behind the façade of the familiar photographs and published accounts to see how these war leaders actually operated.”
— Sir Martin Gilbert, The Evening Standard
“This is an important book which, in its layered references to Waterloo, the Crimea and the Somme, sees Mr. Roberts lay claim to the title of Britain’s finest contemporary military historian.”
— The Economist
“The strength of Masters and Commanders lies in the power of the narrative and the fascinating detail used to construct it. Roberts has exploited a rich mine of private papers to fill in missing parts of the story.”
— Richard Overy, Literary Review
“Roberts’s account of the war and its intrigues is fresh-filled with new revelations and new analysis. . . . It is both high scholarship and superb writing by a masterful analyst of power and war.”
— Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Daily Beast
“Masterly. . . . A triumph of vivid description, telling anecdotes, and informed analysis. Roberts’s book reinforces his claim to stand among the foremost British historians of the period.”
— Max Hastings, The New York Review of Books
“Masters and Commanders is a magnificently researched, superbly written account of how the US and UK’s top civilian and military leaders overcame mutual suspicions and conflicting priorities to win the war in Europe.”
— The New York Post