Critical acclaim for Going to the Wars

‘A superb account of journalists, soldiers and the experience of modern battle, written by one of the greatest war reporters of our time’ Robert Harris

Max Hastings grew up with romantic dreams of a life amongst warriors. But after his failure as a parachute soldier in Cyprus in 1963, he became a journalist instead. Before he was 30 he had reported conflicts in Northern Ireland, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Middle East, Cyprus, Rhodesia, India and a string of other trouble spots. His final effort was as a war correspondent during the Falklands War. Going to the Wars is a story of his experiences reporting from these battlefields. It is also the story of a self-confessed coward: a writer with heroic ambitions who found himself recording the acts of heroes.

‘Max Hastings is one of the greatest living war correspondents.’ John Keegan

‘A wonderful account of the wars of our times.’ William Shawcross, Literary Review

‘His memoirs have … honesty, pace and readability.’ Jeremy Paxman

‘The chapters on the Falklands War are … one of the best things written about warfare in half a century.’ John Simpson, Daily Telegraph

‘This memoir is a first-class piece of reportage.’ Jon Swain, Sunday Times

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RAVE REVIEWS FOR SOLDIERS

‘These accounts show the reality of military life ... A pointillist portrait of enthralling sensitivity ... stories tumble from the pages of this book like gems from a pirate’s chest ... The anecdotes about female soldiers in this book are fascinating’Gerard DeGroot, The Times Read More

CHERISHING THE WARRIOR SPIRIT CAN SEEM LIKE A LOSING BATTLE

First published in The Times on Saturday, 13 November 2021.Tomorrow the Queen will forsake her enforced rest to attend the annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph [this was published before her last-minute withdrawal].  It is an occasion that she views with a special sense of duty, because of her… Read More