Max Hastings


Thanks to all my readers who have so far bought 140,000 copies in hardback, ebook and trade paperback of my new book Catastrophe in the UK, and many more in the US and worldwide.   Here you will find lots of information on my work.

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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: ‘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’.

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Upcoming Events

Max is speaking at many events in 2014:

26 April – 6pm University of Dundee

30 April – 7.30pm Merchant Taylors School, Northwood

6 May – 7pm Chipping Campden Festival

21 May – 3.30pm Charleston Festival

31 May – Hay Festival

2 June – Salisbury Festival Read more


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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