Max Hastings


Thanks to all my readers who took Catastrophe to No.1 on The Sunday Times best-seller list, and have already bought some 200,000 copies of the book in the UK, and many more in the US and worldwide.

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Hailed as ‘the best single volume yet written on the subject’ by the Sunday Times, Max’s new book, The Secret War, is an instant number one Sunday Times bestseller. Here are some of the fantastic reviews so far:

‘As gripping as any spy thriller … Hastings understands, better than any previous historian, that this is as much a story about human nature as it is about the mechanics of code-breaking or spycraft …

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Upcoming Events

Max is speaking at these events in 2015:

11am 3rd October – Henley Festival
4.30pm 4th October – Ilkley Literary
8pm 8th October – National Army Museum event, Army & Navy Club
8.30pm 10th October – Cheltenham Literary Festival
5pm 11th October – Wimbledon Literary Festival
7pm 13th October – Daunt Books, Marylebone High
7pm 15th October – Electric Theatre, Guildford
Noon 16th October – Theatre Royal, Bath
8pm 16th October – Topping Bookshop, Bath Read more


THE SECRET WAR: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939–1945

Max Hastings introduces his new book The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939–1945.  

THE SECRET WAR: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939–1945National Archives VisitCatastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914From D-Day to Victory in EuropeDid You Really Shoot the Television?Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940-45


In 1914, Europe plunged itself into the twentieth century’s first terrible act of self-immolation – what was then called ‘The Great War’. On the eve of its centenary, Max Hastings seeks to explain both how the conflict came about and what befell millions of men and women during the first months of strife. He finds the evidence overwhelming that Austria and Germany must accept principal blame for the outbreak. While what followed was a vast tragedy, he argues passionately against the ‘poets’ view’, that war was not worth winning.

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