The 2023 George Rogers Clark Lecture: How King George III Could Have Won the American Revolution

The 2023 George Rogers Clark Lecture: How King George III Could Have Won the American Revolution
Andrew Roberts & Gen. David Petraeus
October 27, 2023

Historian Lord Andrew Roberts and Gen. David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.) deliver the 2023 George Rogers Clark Lecture through a conversation of how King George III could have won the American Revolution. Together, they have recently published the new book, Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine. Presented annually since 1975, the Society of the Cincinnati’s George Rogers Clark Lecture recognizes the scholarship of leading historians of the American Revolution. Recent Clark Lecturers include Nick Bunker, Rick Atkinson, Kathleen DuVal, and Andrew O’Shaughnessy.

About the Speakers

Lord Andrew Roberts is an honorary senior scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge), the current Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a visiting professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London, and the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society. In November 2022, he was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Roberts of Belgravia. Lord Roberts has written or edited twenty books including George III: The Life and Reign of Britain’s Most Misunderstood Monarch, which won the General Society of Colonial Wars Distinguished Book Award; The Holy Fox; Eminent Churchillians; Salisbury: Victorian Titan; Napoleon and Wellington, Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership; Waterloo: The Battle for Modern Europe; A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900; Masters and Commanders; The Storm of War; Churchill: Walking With Destiny; and The Chief: The Life of Lord Northcliffe.

David Petraeus is a retired U.S. Army general and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September of 2011 until November of 2012. Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, Petraeus served thirty-seven years in the U.S. Army culminating with a four-star general rank at the time of his retirement in 2011. Major posts of service included Commander of the U.S. Central Command, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, and Commander of all coalition forces in Iraq. General Petraeus graduated from West Point in 1974 and later graduated from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, where he earned the George C. Marshall Award. He also holds a M.P.A. and Ph.D. in international relations from Princeton University. Petraeus is a Partner at KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which he established in 2013. He is also an academic, personal venture investor, serves as a member of the boards of directors of Optiv and OneStream, and is a strategic advisor for Sempra and Advanced Navigation.