See Max’s vision of 1914 in THE NECESSARY WAR, a 60-minute TV documentary which he presents on BBC2 at 9pm on Tuesday, 25th February. In the film, Max explains why he is convinced that Britain was obliged to participate in World War I, with film sequences shot in France, Belgium, Germany and Britain, and conversations with such distinguished historians as Sir Michael Howard, Sir Hew Strachan, Margaret MacMillan, John Horne and John Rohl. Max’s programme is among the highlights of the BBC’s commemoration of the Great War centenary, and a ‘must see’ for everybody who enjoyed his book CATASTROPHE.
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: ‘This is a magnificent and deeply moving book, and with Max Hastings as our guide we are in the hands of a master’. Hew Strachan in the New York Times writes that Barbara Tuchman’s legendary best-seller The Guns of August ‘has been supplanted’. Max Boot in the New York Times Book Review describes the book as ‘excellent’, concluding ‘Hastings brilliants shows how … World War I came to assume the dispiriting and bloody form it would hold for the next four years’. America’s Library Journal says Catastrophe represents ‘an ideal into World War I history’.