Andrew Roberts on Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt had Andrew Roberts on his show for all three segments yesterday. Roberts recently completed A History of the English Speaking-Peoples Since 1900. As you might suspect from the title, it is a sort of follow-up to the Churchill series which covered the subject up until the end of the 19th century.

Roberts is a British conservative who writes very much in the same vein as Churchill. In other words, he describes the English speaking peoples (defined by both Churchill and Roberts as the countries with majorities of native English speakers) as forces for good, and overwhelming in their influence over politics, science and social welfare.

As can be imagined, the book was not well received by the British chattering classes, it being pro-western and not sufficiently anti-American. Apparently no one questioned his research or methodology. But they did find fault with his interpretation of history. Given the normal leftist inclinations of the British academy, I think that speaks well for Roberts. The book seems to be selling well in the United States, where more non-elites tend to read history and academics and pundits (thankfully) have less influence.

The conversation between Hewitt and Roberts was very interesting and worth hearing. You can go here to download it (or go to i-Tunes). Hugh Hewitt is a unabashed Republican partisan which might be off-putting for some people. But he does try to provide a higher level of discourse on partisan politics than can be found elsewhere. He was a longtime contributor to NPR, back in the day when they didn't ban all conservatives.

Hewitt's recent interviews of Thomas PM Barnett are another example of his ongoing effort to publicize people who are thinking deeply about America's role in the world. If you haven't read The Pentagon's New Map or Blueprint for Action, the Hewitt interviews are a good primer on Barnett's thinking (I'd actually recommend the latter, as it covers most of what is in the first book but moves more broadly into global economics and social issues, a la Thomas Friedman - but better).

In any case, I highly recommend Hugh Hewitt's show. And compared to the interview Andrew Roberts got from Charlie Rose, which centered around how poorly his book was received by the various London based book reviewers (surprise, surprise), Hewitt actually provides a great deal of insight and perspective on such a sweeping topic.

Update: Welcome Hugh Hewitt readers! This is just a hobby blog, read by a small contingent of surly, fortyish guys. I was told recently that this was my best post. No surprise that it was about family and military. Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

3 comments:

Carl Catlin

12:13 AM

Jake, You are a very accomplished fellow(from your bio) and that was a great take on Roberts interview. We share a passion for the HH show and the information we get there. I enjoyed a couple of other posts too--keep it up.
God Bless Carl Catlin

Jake

12:33 AM

Thanks Carl. I too like that HH show, particularly when he has good writers on. Hewitt's interest in history comes through in those interviews and makes them all the more interesting.

Anonymous

1:10 AM

I too apreciate the level of discourse on Mr. Hewitt's show.


Is there any concern among anyone else, however, with Mr. Hitchen's take on Ronaldus Maximus, because it hasn't been addressed on Mr. Hewitt's show (THAT I'VE HEARD)? To be clear, I appreciate Mr. Hitchen's views, I just want them exposed (!) and explained via Mr. Hewitt's honest questioning.

I find this especially pertinent because of Mr. Hitchen's link on this site, located precisely where the comment section was when I read your take on Mr. Hewitt's show.


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