Max Hastings

Max Hastings
Max Hastings
Born 28 December 1945 (1945-12-28) (age 65)
United Kingdom
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.[1] Hastings dedicated his book Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 to his late son.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England from 2002-2007.

He currently writes a column for the Daily Mail but often contributes articles to other publications such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The New York Review of Books.

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.[2]


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".[3]

Select Bibliography




  • Wellington Bomber, 2010 BBC documentary


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Media offices
Preceded by
W. F. Deedes
Editor of The Daily Telegraph
1986 – 1995
Succeeded by
Charles Moore
Preceded by
Stewart Steven
Editor of the Evening Standard
1996 – 2002
Succeeded by
Veronica Wadley
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Prunella Scales
President of the CPRE
2002 – 2007
Succeeded by
Bill Bryson

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