About The Author
Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He began his life in journalism as a foreign correspondent for BBC television and the Evening Standard, reporting from eleven different conflicts around the globe. He went on to be editor and then editor-in chief of the Daily Telegraph and editor of the Evening Standard. He currently writes a column for the Daily Mail and contributes articles and reviews to the Guardian, the Sunday Times and the New York Review of Books, amongst others. He was knighted for services to journalism in 2002.
He published his first book, America, 1968: The Fire This Time, in 1969 at the age of 23; at the time he was living in America. In 1979, he won the Somerset Maugham Award for Bomber Command.
Amongst his most notable books are Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944 and The Battle for the Falklands (Hastings was famously the first journalist to enter a liberated Port Stanley), both of which won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize and Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45, which provoked adverse reaction for its portrayal of the Australian army.
While known principally as military historian, he has also written two autobiographical works. Editor is an account of his years working on Fleet Street and Did You Shoot the Television? recalls his tumultuous childhood: his father was broadcaster and adventurer Macdonald Hastings, his mother, Anne Scott-James, was editor of Harper's Bazaar, and he had a number of other globe-trotting relatives.
His latest book is All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945, which shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world, from those on the frontlines, to the women who worked in munitions factories to the children evacuated from cities.
From the agony of Poland amid the September 1939 Nazi invasion to the 1943 Bengal famine, in which at least a million people died because of British neglect under British rule, from the RAF's raid on the Ruhr dams to the desert and Arctic convoys, it is an account of the war as experienced by ordinary people.
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