Sir Max Hastings

Sir Max Hugh Macdonald Hastings, FRSL, FRHistS is a British journalist, editor, historian, and author. His parents were Macdonald Hastings, a journalist and war correspondent, and Anne Scott-James, sometime editor of Harper’s Bazaar.

Hastings was educated at Charterhouse School and University College, Oxford, which he left after a year. After leaving Oxford University, Max Hastings became a foreign correspondent, and reported from more than sixty countries and eleven wars for BBC TV and the London Evening Standard.

Among his bestselling books Bomber Command won the Somerset Maugham Prize, and both Overlord and The Battle for the Falklands won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize.

After ten years as editor and then editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph, he became editor of the Evening Standard in 1996. He has won many awards for his journalism, including Journalist of The Year and What the Papers Say Reporter of the Year for his work in the South Atlantic in 1982, and Editor of the Year in 1988.

He stood down as editor of the Evening Standard in 2001 and was knighted in 2002. His monumental work of military history, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-1945 was published in 2005.

He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Sir Max Hastings honoured with the $100,000 2012 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

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Books in order of publication:


  • America 1968: The Fire this Time (Gollancz, 1969)
  • Ulster 1969: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Northern Ireland (Gollancz, 1970)
  • The Battle for the Falklands (with Simon Jenkins) (W. W. Norton, 1983), (Michael Joseph, 1983)


Montrose: The King’s Champion (Gollancz, 1977)

Yoni: Hero of Entebbe: Life of Yonathan Netanyahu (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1980)


Going to the Wars (Macmillan, 2000)

Editor: A Memoir (Macmillan, 2002)

Did You Really Shoot the Television?: A Family Fable (London, Harper Press, 2010)


Bomber Command (Michael Joseph, 1979)

The Battle of Britain (with Len Deighton) (Jonathan Cape, 1980)

Das Reich: Resistance and the March of the Second SS Panzer Division Through France, June 1944 (Michael Joseph, 1981), (Henry Holt & Co, 1982)

Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy (Simon & Schuster, 1984)

Victory in Europe (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1985) (Little Brown & C, 1992)

The Korean War (Michael Joseph, 1987), (Simon & Schuster, 1987)

Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944–45 (Macmillan, 2004)

Warriors: Exceptional Tales from the Battlefield (Harper Press [UK], 2005)

Nemesis: The Battle for Japan 1944–45 (Harper Press [UK], October 2007) (re-titled Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944–45 for US release Knopf

Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940–45 (London, Harper Press, 2009) (re-titled Winston’s War: Churchill, 1940–1945 for US release by Knopf, 2010,

All Hell Let Loose: The World At War 1939–1945 (London, Harper Press, 29 September 2011) (re-titled Inferno: The World At War, 1939–1945 for US release by Knopf, 1 November 2011, 729 pp)

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 (London, Knopf Press, 24 September 2013), 640 pp.

The Secret War: Spies, Codes And Guerrillas 1939–45 (London: William Collins, 2015)

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975 (William Collins, 2018)

Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 (William Collins, 2019)

Operation Pedestal: The Fleet that Battled to Malta 1942 (William Collins, 2021)

Men at War: Tales of Their Triumphs and Tragedies Across the Ages (William Collins, 2021)

Countryside writing

Outside Days (Michael Joseph, 1989)

Scattered Shots (Macmillan, 1999)

Country Fair (HarperCollins, October 2005). 288 pp


The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes (ed.) (Oxford University Press, 1985)

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