Best Selling Paperback Books by Max Hastings

Max Hastings is the author of OUTSIDE DAYS (2019), Abyss (2022), Country Fair (2005), Vietnam: an Epic History of a Tragic War (2019) and other 75 books.

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Abyss

release date: Sep 29, 2022
Abyss
From the #1 bestselling historian Max Hastings The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was the most perilous event in history, when mankind faced a looming nuclear collision between the United States and Soviet Union. During those weeks, the world gazed into the abyss of potential annihilation.

Country Fair

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Country Fair
A new collection of rural writings celebrating the pleasures of the country life - in particular fishing and shooting - by the eminent military historian and former editor of the Daily Telegraph, Max Hastings.Max Hastings is known as a best-selling author of military histories (The Battle of the Falklands, Bomber Command, Armageddon, etc.) and as a former editor of the Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard, but his first loves are the countryside and its pursuits.Whether walking up grouse in Scotland, tramping through snipe bogs in Ireland or catching salmon on the Tweed, this collection of articles and essays will delight all those who share his passions.There are also trenchant essays on some of the big issues facing Britain's' rural areas: intensive farming, gun ownership, access to the countryside and, of course, the controversial issue of fox hunting.

Vietnam: an Epic History of a Tragic War

release date: Apr 15, 2019
Vietnam: an Epic History of a Tragic War
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'His masterpiece' Antony Beevor, Spectator 'A masterful performance' Sunday Times 'By far the best book on the Vietnam War' Gerald Degroot, The Times, Book of the Year

VICTORY IN EUROPE

release date: Jan 01, 1985

Nemesis: the Battle for Japan, 1944-45

release date: Jan 01, 2007

Battle of Britain

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Battle of Britain
In this text, Deighton and Hastings look at how the few defended Britain in the Battle of Britain. They depict the reality of the battle and how it was enacted by those who took part, whether in the air, on the ground, in the planning rooms or at home in towns and villages.

Editor

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Editor
n December 1985, Max Hastings was an author and Sunday Times columnist living deep in the Northamptonshire countryside, when he was suddenly, and dramatically, offered the chance to become editor of the Daily Telegraph. Editor tells the story of what happened to him, and to a great newspaper, over the next decade.

World War Two

release date: Apr 14, 2018
World War Two
Within Western culture, World War Two continues to exercise an extraordinary fascination for generations unborn when it took place. The obvious explanation is that it was the greatest and most terrible event in human history. Within the vast compass of the struggle, some individuals scaled summits of courage and nobility, while others plumbed depths of evil, in a fashion that compels the awe of posterity. Among citizens of modern democracies to whom serious hardship and collective peril are unknown, the tribulations which hundreds of millions endured between 1939 and 1945 are almost beyond comprehension. Hastings tells the story of the war in a clear and compelling narrative, ranging across a vast canvas from the agony of Poland in 1939 and the horrors of the Soviet front to the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan in August 1945. This is a book which shows vividly what war meant for individuals from allied soldiers, sailors and airmen, to SS killers, to civilians caught up in the war like British housewives who endured the Blitz and the citizens of Leningrad who suffered through a siege of almost unimaginable horror.

The Dambusters

release date: Sep 05, 2019
The Dambusters
A brand new history of the Dambusters raid from best-selling and critically acclaimed military historian, Max Hastings. Operation Chastise, the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF's 617 Squadron on the night of 16/17 May 1943, was an epic that has passed into Britain's national legend. Max Hastings grew up embracing the story, the classic 1955 movie and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing-commander who led the raid. In the 21st Century, however, he urges that we should see the dambusters in much more complex shades. The aircrew's heroism was entirely real, as was the brilliance of Barnes Wallis, inventor of the 'bouncing bombs'. But commanders who promised their young fliers that success could shorten the war fantasised as ruthlessly as they did about the entire bomber offensive. Some 1,400 civilians perished in the biblical floods that swept through the Mohne valley, more than half of them Russian and Polish women, slave labourers. Hastings vividly describes the evolution of Wallis' bomb, and of the squadron which broke the dams. But he also portrays in harrowing detail those swept away by the torrents. He argues that what modern Germans call the Mohnekatastrophe imposed on the Nazi war machine temporary disruption, rather than a crippling blow. Ironically, Air Marshal Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris gained much of the public credit, though he bitterly opposed Chastise as a distraction from his city-burning blitz. Harris also made perhaps the operation's biggest mistake - failure to launch a conventional attack on the huge post-raid repair operation which could have transformed the impact of the dam breaches on Ruhr industry. Here once again is a dramatic retake on familiar history by a master of the art. Hastings sets the Dams Raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War, with moving portraits of the young airmen, so many of whom died; of Barnes Wallis; the monstrous Harris; the tragic Guy Gibson, together with superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.

Winston's War

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Winston's War
A controversial wartime profile of the iconic prime minister analyzes Churchill's relationships with his country, its allies and its armed forces, offering insight into his deliberate establishment of positive ties with FDR and his more questionable decisions. By the award-winning author of Retribution.

Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield

release date: Jun 03, 2010
Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield
An exhilarating and uplifting account of the lives of sixteen ‘warriors’ from the last three centuries, hand-picked for their bravery or extraordinary military experience by the eminent military historian, author and ex-editor of the Daily Telegraph, Sir Max Hastings.

Chastise: The Dambusters

release date: Sep 05, 2019
Chastise: The Dambusters
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A masterly history of the Dambusters raid from bestselling and critically acclaimed Max Hastings.

Operation Chastise

release date: Feb 18, 2020
Operation Chastise
One of the most lauded historians of our time returns to the Second World War in this magnificent retelling of the awe-inspiring raid on German dams conducted by the Royal Army Force's 617 Squadron. The attack on Nazi Germany's dams on May 17, 1943, was one of the most remarkable feats in military history. The absurdly young men of the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron set forth in cold blood and darkness, without benefit of electronic aids, to fly lumbering heavy bombers straight and level towards a target at a height above the water less than the length of a bowling alley. Yet this story--and the later wartime experience of the 617 Squadron--has never been told in full. Max Hastings takes us back to the May 1943 raid to reveal how the truth of that night is considerably different from the popularized account most people know. The RAF had identified the Ruhr dams as strategic objectives as far back as 1938; in those five years Wing Commander Guy Gibson formed and trained the 617 Squadron. Hastings observes that while the dropping of Wallis's mines provided the dramatic climax, only two of the eight aircraft lost came down over the dams--the rest were shot down on the flight to, or back from, the mission. And while the 617 Squadron's valor is indisputable, the ultimate industrial damage caused by the dam raid was actually rather modest. In 1943, these brave men caught the imagination of the world and uplifted the weary spirits of the British people. Their achievement unnerved the Nazi high command, and caused them to expend large resources on dam defenses--making the mission a success. An example of Churchill's "military theatre" at its best, what 617 Squadron did was an extraordinary and heroic achievement, and a triumph of British ingenuity and technology--a story to be told for generations to come. Operation Chastise includes three 8-page black-and-white photo inserts and 6 maps.

The Secret War 1939-1945

release date: Sep 10, 2015

Barricades in Belfast

Barricades in Belfast
This book traces to its historical roots the explosive uprising situation of Northern Ireland. It provides first-hand, behind the barricades account of the bitter Protestant/Catholic clashes in Belfast, Bogside, and Derry, and analyzes the desperate struggle for power in high Ulster government circles. Filled with balances, perceptive profiles of leaders and key figures in both camps, this book of the times clearly illuminates the bewildering landscape of Irish politics in a narrative which resembles the force and urgency of a battlefront dispatch. It presents a compassionate, sobering, and scrupulously accurate report on a tragic situation whose seeds of hate and bitterness were sown centuries ago, and for which a permanent solution was hard to forsee. -- Publisher description

Vietnam: An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975

release date: Sep 20, 2018
Vietnam: An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘His masterpiece’ Antony Beevor, Spectator ‘A masterful performance’ Sunday Times ‘By far the best book on the Vietnam War’ Gerald Degroot, The Times, Book of the Year

Overlord: D-day and the Battle for Normandy

release date: Jan 01, 1984

On the Offensive

release date: Jan 01, 1995

The Evolution of Strategic Studies

release date: Jan 31, 2009
The Evolution of Strategic Studies
This book is an examination of the intellectual milestones and contributions of the IISS to fifty years of strategic studies.

The Battle for the Falklands

release date: Jan 01, 1984

Inferno

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Inferno
A monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II, and its deeply personal consequences. Hastings simultaneously traces the major developments and puts them into real human context. He also explores some of the darker and less explored regions of the war's penumbra, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944.

Ulster 1969: the Fight for Civil Rights in Northern Ireland

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