Max Hastings


This is a chance to express warm gratitude to all my readers who have bought 140,000 copies of CATASTROPHE in the British hardback and e-book editions, and have taken the new UK paperback edition to the No 1 slot in the UK non-fiction best-seller list, and bought many more copies in the United States and worldwide.

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Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 Reviews

Hailed as ‘excellent’ by Andrew Marr, Max’s new book Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, published on 12th September, is now in its fifth week in the Sunday Times top ten non-fiction bestsellers.  Among the latest reviewers, Nigel Jones writes in the Sunday Telegraph’s Book Of The Week feature:

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Upcoming Events

Max is speaking at many events in 2014:

28 June – Chalke Valley History Festival

25 July – 2pm Buxton Festival

17 August – 11.30am Edinburgh Festival

7 September – Hillsdale College, Michigan

18 September – Houghton

19 September – 7.30pm Crieff

8 October – NSPCC, North Yorkshire

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Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914

Max Hastings introduces his new book Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914.

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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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