Books by Max Hastings

Max Hastings will, perhaps, be best remembered for being the first journalist to enter Port Stanley during the Falklands War. He has also distinguished himself as a military historian, and was editor of both the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard.

Released: May 10, 2016

"A masterful account of wartime skulduggery that has relevance still today."
Taking a break with Catastrophe: 1914 (2013), veteran military historian Hastings returns to World War II with the usual entirely satisfying results.Read full book review >
CATASTROPHE 1914 by Max Hastings
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Among the plethora of brilliant accounts of this period, this is one of the best."
Does the world need another book on that dismal year? Absolutely, if it's by Hastings (Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945, 2011, etc.). After many accounts of World War II, the veteran military historian tries his hand, with splendid results. Read full book review >
INFERNO by Max Hastings
Released: Nov. 2, 2011

"Excellent general WWII accounts abound—including those by historical superstars such as Stephen Ambrose and John Keegan—but Hastings is matchless."
A World War II history by Hastings (Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945, 2010, etc.) may seem like a tautology, but readers familiar with his previous books will expect an enthralling account of his favorite subject. They will not be disappointed. Read full book review >
WINSTON’S WAR by Max Hastings
Released: April 30, 2010

"A magisterial, commanding, and immensely thought-provoking history."
Veteran British journalist and historian Hastings (Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45, 2008, etc.) provides fresh, exciting insights into Winston Churchill's wartime leadership. Read full book review >
RETRIBUTION by Max Hastings
Released: March 20, 2008

"A solid complement to existing histories of the Pacific theater."
A fine-grained study of the last year of World War II in the Pacific. Read full book review >
WARRIORS by Max Hastings
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"Warriors are like the rest of us, Hastings observes—which makes the accomplishments of the great ones all the more unusual. Of interest to students of tactics and military history—and perhaps of psychology as well."
An old-fashioned book about battles past, before the technocrats came along to ruin the notion of courage under fire. Read full book review >
THE KOREAN WAR by Max Hastings
Released: Nov. 27, 1987

"The absorbing text has photographs and maps (not seen)."
An overview of the 1950-53 "police action" that ranks with T.R. Fehrenbach's This Kind of War and Bevin Alexander's Korea (1986). Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 1985

"Nonetheless the text is authoritative, and the program will be an event."
Over PBS on May 8, the 40th anniversary of V-E Day, Americans accustomed to seeing WW II in black-and-white will have their first look at "virtually the only color films of the war in Western Europe": taken by Hollywood director George Stevens, head of a special Signal Corps unit, for his own, unofficial record. Read full book review >
OVERLORD by Max Hastings
Released: June 6, 1984

"Hastings' work exceptional force."
From Russell Weigley's solid Eisenhower's Lieutenants (1980) to John Keegan's tour-de-force Six Armies in Normandy (1982) to Carlo D'Este's microscopic Decision in Normandy (1983), recent writings have shot down the "chauvinist legends" Hastings decries. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 1983

"The uncertainty of war, the reality that is never quite what was expected, is beautifully portrayed."
For a "little" war, the Falklands struggle has turned out some good books (q.v., Sunday Times Insight Team, War in the Falklands), but this one will be hard to top. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1982

"The ideal reader, though, would be familiar with the setting or the special branches."
On D-Day the Das Reich, or 2nd Panzer Division, was at Montauban in southern France, 450 miles—and, supposedly, a few days—from the Normandy battlefront. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 26, 1979

"A successful book in every way; thoughtfully analytic and emotionally gripping at the same time."
Among the strongest images of World War II is that of waves of Allied bombers "striking at the heart" of Germany, reducing German cities to rubble and destroying the German will to fight. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1979

"It is a one-sided tale, but it is a side well told."
Yonaton Netanyahu, Yoni, was the 30-year-old leader of the Israeli force that rescued the hostages at Entebbe and he was its only casualty. Read full book review >