- Max Hastings
Max Hastings Born 28 December 1945
Residence United Kingdom Nationality British Occupation Journalist, editor, historian, author
Sir Max Hugh Macdonald Hastings, FRSL (born 28 December 1945) is a British journalist, editor, historian and author. He is the son of Macdonald Hastings, the noted British journalist and war correspondent and Anne Scott-James, sometime editor of Harper's Bazaar.
Life and career
Hastings was educated at Charterhouse School and University College, Oxford, which he left after a year. He became a foreign correspondent and reported from more than sixty countries and eleven wars for BBC television and for the Evening Standard in London. Hastings was the first journalist to enter the liberated Port Stanley during the Falklands War. After ten years as editor and then editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph, he returned to the Evening Standard as editor in 1996 until his retirement in 2001. He received a knighthood in 2002.
He has presented historical documentaries for BBC TV, and is the author of many books, including Bomber Command which earned the Somerset Maugham Award for non-fiction in 1980. Both Overlord and The Battle for the Falklands won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize.
Hastings lives with his second wife Penny (née Levinson), with whom he had two children, in west Berkshire. In 1999, his 27-year-old son Charles killed himself in Shanghai, China. Hastings dedicated his book Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 to his late son.
In his 2007 book Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 (also known as Retribution in the United States), the chapter on Australia's role in the last year of the Pacific War was criticised by the Returned and Services League of Australia and one of the historians at the Australian War Memorial for, among other things, allegedly exaggerating discontent in the Australian Army during this period.
Hastings has supported both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. He announced his support for the Conservative Party at the 2010 general election, having previously voted for the Labour Party at the 1997 and 2001 general elections. He claimed that "four terms are too many for any government" and described Gordon Brown as "wholly psychologically unfit to be prime minister".
- America, 1968: The Fire This Time (Gollancz, 1969) ISBN 0-575-00234-4
- Ulster 1969: The Fight for Civil Rights in Northern Ireland (Gollancz, 1970) ISBN 0-575-00482-7
- Montrose: The King's Champion (Gollancz, 1977) ISBN 0-575-02226-4
- Bomber Command (Michael Joseph, 1979) ISBN 0-7181-1603-8
- Battle of Britain by Len Deighton, Max Hastings (Jonathan Cape, 1980) ISBN 0-224-01826-4
- Yoni — Hero of Entebbe: Life of Yonathan Netanyahu (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1980) ISBN 0-297-77565-0
- Das Reich: Resistance and the March of the Second SS Panzer Division Through France, June 1944 (Michael Joseph, 1981) ISBN 0-7181-2074-4
- Das Reich: March of the Second SS Panzer Division Through France (Henry Holt & Co, 1982) ISBN 0-03-057059-X
- The Battle for the Falklands by Max Hastings, Simon Jenkins (W W Norton, 1983) ISBN 0-393-01761-3, (Michael Joseph, 1983) ISBN 0-7181-2228-3
- Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy (Simon & Schuster, 1984) ISBN 0-671-46029-3
- The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes (ed.) (Oxford University Press, 1985) ISBN 0-19-214107-4
- Victory in Europe (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1985) ISBN 0-297-78650-4
- The Korean War (Michael Joseph, 1987) ISBN 0-7181-2068-X, (Simon & Schuster, 1987) ISBN 0-671-52823-8
- Outside Days (Michael Joseph, 1989) ISBN 0-7181-3330-7
- Victory in Europe: D-Day to V-E Day (Little Brown & C, 1992) ISBN 0-316-81334-6
- Scattered Shots (Macmillan, 1999) ISBN 0-333-77103-6
- Going to the Wars (Macmillan, 2000) ISBN 0-333-77104-4
- Editor: A Memoir (Macmillan, 2002) ISBN 0-333-90837-6
- Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45 (Macmillan, 2004) ISBN 0-333-90836-8
- Warriors: Exceptional Tales from the Battlefield (HarperPress [UK], 2005) ISBN 978-0-00-719756-9
- Country Fair (HarperCollins, October 2005) ISBN 0007198868. 288pp
- Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 (HarperPress [UK], October 2007) ISBN 0-00-7219822 (re-titled Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 for US release Knopf ISBN 978-0-307-26351-3)
- Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord, 1940-45. London, HarperPress, 2009. ISBN 9780007263677 (re-titled Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945 for US release by Knopf, 2010, ISBN 978-0307268396)
- Did You Really Shoot the Television?: A Family Fable. London, HarperPress, 2010. ISBN 978-0007271719
- "The Tory defence policy will be simple: cut, brutally". The Spectator 312 (9464): 14–15. 16 January 2010. http://www.spectator.co.uk/essays/all/5704518/the-tory-defence-policy-will-be-simple-cut-brutally.thtml. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- Wellington Bomber, 2010 BBC documentary
- ^ My extraordinary window on power The Telegraph
- ^ Frank Walker (2 December 2007). "Mutinous jibe angers veterans". The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/mutinous-jibe-angers-veterans/2007/12/01/1196394689062.html. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- ^ "My vote". guardian.co.uk. Sunday 11 April 2010. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/11/my-vote-davison-iannucci-hastings-drabble-bakewell.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Column archive at The Daily Mail
- Column archive at Journalisted
- Max Hastings at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Max Hastings in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Article archive at The Guardian
- Interview on Armageddon at the Pritzker Military Library
- Interview on Nemesis / Retribution
Media offices Preceded by
W. F. Deedes
Editor of The Daily Telegraph
1986 – 1995
Editor of the Evening Standard
1996 – 2002
Non-profit organization positions Preceded by
President of the CPRE
2002 – 2007
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