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’s new book – publishing in September 2015 – is a portrait of the role played by espionage, code-breaking and intelligence in the Second World War.

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Upcoming Events

Max is speaking at these events in 2015:

11th September – Chiswick Book Festival
7pm 22nd September – Times+/William Collins lecture, News Building, London Bridge Street, SE1
2.15pm 27th September – Kew Festival
7pm 30th September – How To Academy, Upper Hall, Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, SW1
7pm 1st October – City Books, Brighton Pavilion
11am 3rd October – Henley Festival
4.30pm 4th October – Ilkley Literary Festival
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 Street
7pm 15th October – Electric Theatre, Guildford
Noon 16th October – Theatre Royal, Bath
8pm 16th October – Topping Bookshop, Bath


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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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