Christopher Catherwood, author of several books about Winston Churchill and the international fallout of his foreign policy, will discuss “Churchill and America: Why He Was Right After All,” at the University of Richmond Feb. 27, 2:30 p.m., in Jepson Alumni Center, Robins Pavilion.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is the annual Edward C. and Mary S. Peple Lecture sponsored by the Friends of Boatwright Memorial Library. A book signing and refreshments will follow.

Catherwood will argue that Churchill “got it right” about the United States in the 1930s when he wanted America to participate in the struggle against fascism and in 1940 when he became prime minister and understood that only the United States could enable Britain “both to survive the Nazi menace and also win the war against Germany.”

Catherwood teaches at The University of Cambridge, where he is a tutor in history for the Institute of Economic and Political Studies and in international relations for the arts and sciences pre-master’s program. He has authored more than 25 books, including “Churchill’s Folly: How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq,” “Winston Churchill: the Flawed Genius of World War II,” and 2010’s “His Finest Hour: A Biography of Winston Churchill.”

A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Catherwood served as a consultant to Tony Blair’s Strategic Futures Team. He also was a Rockefeller Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and a writer-in-residence and instructor in Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies. He holds degrees in modern history from Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

Catherwood’s biography of Churchill, published in the United States by Skyhorse Publishing, describes the leader’s life and 64-year political career, arguing that it was Churchill’s stand against Hitler in 1940–41 that saved Britain and his ability to bring together the allies that eventually defeated Nazi Germany.

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