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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Max is now at work on a big new book on the 1945-75 Vietnam War, and is very keen to contact both Vietnamese and American veterans of that era, of both sexes and civilian as well as military.  He is interviewing later this year both in Vietnam and in the US, and also keen to correspond with some people who may be too remote to visit with.  All shades of opinion and experience welcome.  Do please get in touch with this website if you have a tale to tell, or can put Max in touch with others who might help.


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 2016:

8th May 11.30 – London Library Festival

25th May 6pm – Charleston Festival

27th June – Chalke Valley History Festival

1st July – The Great War, Newbury Town Hall




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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