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About the Author

British journalist, editor, and historian Max Hastings was born on December 28, 1945. He was a foreign correspondent for BBC television and London's Evening Standard, for which he later served as editor from 1996 to 2001. Hastings also worked as editor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph. In show more addition to presenting BBC historical documentaries and writing numerous books of military history, Hastings has contributed to publications including the Daily Mail, The Guardian, and the New York Review of Books. He received the nonfiction Somerset Maugham Award for Bomber Command, as well as the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize for both Overlord and The Battle for the Falklands. His title Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945 was published in 2016 and is also on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Hastings was knighted in 2002, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and from 2002-2007 was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Max Hastings

The Korean War (1987) 773 copies
The Battle for the Falklands (1983) 641 copies
Going to the Wars (2000) 114 copies
Editor (2002) 68 copies
The Second World War: A World in Flames (2004) — Foreword — 48 copies
The Faces of World War II (2008) 44 copies
Yoni, hero of Entebbe (1979) 18 copies
Outside Days (1989) 11 copies
Abyss (2023) 10 copies
On the Offensive (1995) 3 copies
The General 1 copy
Operazione Chastise (2022) 1 copy
Scattered Shots (1999) 1 copy
Chastise 1 copy
Max Hastings on War (2022) 1 copy

Associated Works

Master and Commander (1969) — Introduction — 9,085 copies
Castle Richmond (1860) — Introduction, some editions — 427 copies
Defeat into Victory: Battling Japan in Burma and India, 1942–1945 (1956) — Introduction, some editions — 377 copies
Battle of Britain (1980) — Author, some editions — 191 copies
The Mammoth Book of True War Stories (1992) — Contributor — 87 copies
A Portrait of England (2006) — Foreword — 17 copies
March to the South Atlantic (1986) — Foreword — 14 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1994 (1993) — Author "The Lonely Passion of Bomber Harris" and "Firestorm at Hamburg" — 9 copies
Red: The Waterstones Anthology (2012) — Contributor — 5 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 2010 (2010) — Author "Ask MHQ: How Hirohito Escaped the Hangman’s Noose" — 1 copy


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I’m very good, engrossing and well paste, the narrative of one of the most unpleasant German units in World War II. The depiction of various war crimes is really quite disturbing. The attitude of German soldiers towards this, even more so. The eventual fate of the death Reich Helps on its way by the French resistance is an interesting but macabre story.
aadyer | 5 other reviews | Oct 4, 2023 |
Author seems a bit fond of himself and of criticizing other (obviously seen as competing) authors
TanyaRead | 25 other reviews | Sep 22, 2023 |
An outstanding and justifiably famous history of a topic about which dozens of histories have been written. The author is himself a famous journalist, newspaper editor, and historian and he has created both an even-handed and penetrating look at British Bomber Command in WWII. He includes detailed accounts of strategic and political argument, stories from participating airmen, and a harrowing portrayal of the fire-bombing of Darmstadt. Controversial topics discussed include the difficulty in bringing Bomber Command under Supreme Allied Command for the D-Day invasion, Sir Arthur Harris' strengths and shortcomings in his almost obsessional interest in urban area bombing, and Churchill's role in the fire-bombing of Dresden. Hastings had access to original memoranda, their revised versions, examples of misrepresented statistics, and the various responses from personnel in Bomber Command, the US Army Air Force, Allied Naval and Army leaders, and Albert Speer and other Nazi leaders. Lastly, a history book of this scope and quality might have been twice as long, so we benefit both from the author's expansive work and his concision.… (more)
markm2315 | 5 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
This is a strong general history of the wars in Vietnam between 1945-1975. The 'Afterwards' chapter should almost be read as an introduction. The author has some axes to grind, and does a fair bit of grinding, but that said, otherwise does a good job in the telling. You won't find everything in here but you will find a well reasoned overview.
TomMcGreevy | 13 other reviews | Jun 30, 2023 |



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