Korean War

Simon & Schuster - He brilliantly captures the cold war crisis at home—the strategies and politics of Truman, MacArthur, Marshall, Ridgway, Acheson, and Bradley—and shows what we should have learned in the war that was the prelude to Vietnam. Using personal accounts from interviews with more than 200 vets—including the Chinese—Hastings follows real officers and soldiers through the battles.

It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. Now max hastings, preeminent military historian takes us back to the bloody bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950 .

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975

Harper - He portrays the set pieces of dienbienphu, the air blitz of north vietnam, the 1968 Tet offensive, and also much less familiar miniatures such as the bloodbath at Daido, where a US Marine battalion was almost wiped out, together with extraordinary recollections of Ho Chi Minh’s warriors. Here is testimony from vietcong guerrillas, marines from North Carolina, Saigon bargirls, Southern paratroopers, and Hanoi students alongside that of infantrymen from South Dakota, and Huey pilots from Arkansas.

No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences, in the fashion that Max Hastings’ readers know so well. The author suggests that neither side deserved to win this struggle with so many lessons for the twenty-first century about the misuse of military might to confront intractable political and cultural challenges.

. Here are the vivid realities of strife amid jungle and paddies that killed two million people. Many writers treat the war as a us tragedy, yet Hastings sees it as overwhelmingly that of the Vietnamese people, of whom forty died for every American. An absorbing and definitive modern history of the Vietnam War from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Secret War.

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 - Vietnam became the western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Us blunders and atrocities were matched by those committed by their enemies. Max hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle.

Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45

Vintage - By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan's defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama—that ended in japan's utter devastation—was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces. In recounting these extraordinary events, Max Hastings draws incisive portraits of MacArthur, Stalin, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, and other key figures of the war in the East.

But he is equally adept in his portrayals of the ordinary soldiers and sailors caught in the bloodiest of campaigns. With its piercing and convincing analysis, Retribution is a brilliant telling of an epic conflict from a master military historian at the height of his powers.


Simon & Schuster - On june 6, 1944, the american and british armies staged the greatest amphibious landing history to being Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe. Despite the allies' absolute command of sea and air and vast firepower, it took ten weeks of fierce fighting for them to overpower the tenacious, superbly skilled German army.

Now, british war correspondent and military historian Max Hastings has drawn on many interviews and newly available documents to construct a dense, forty years later, dramatic portrait of the Normady invasion that overturns the traditional legends.

Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-45

Vintage - This is epic story of the last eight months of world war ii in europe by one of Britain’s most highly regarded military historians, whose accounts of past battles John Keegan has described as worthy “to stand with that of the best journalists and writers” New York Times Book Review. In september 1944, the allies believed that Hitler’s army was beaten, and expected that the war would be over by Christmas.

But the disastrous allied airborne landing in Holland, American setbacks on the German border and in the Hürtgen Forest, together with the bitter Battle of the Bulge, drastically altered that timetable. He has searched the archives of the major combatants and interviewed 170 survivors to give us an unprecedented understanding of how the great battles were fought, British, and of their human impact on American, German, and Russian soldiers and civilians.

Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-45 - Hastings raises provocative questions: were the western allied cause and campaign compromised by a desire to get the soviets to do most of the fighting? Why were the Russians and Germans more effective soldiers than the Americans and British? Why did the bombing of Germany’s cities continue until the last weeks of the war, when it could no longer influence the outcome? Why did the Germans prove more fanatical foes than the Japanese, Churchill, Eisenhower, fighting to the bitter end? This book also contains vivid portraits of Stalin, Montgomery, and the other giants of the struggle.

The crucial final months of the twentieth century’s greatest global conflict come alive in this rousing and revelatory chronicle. Hastings tells the story of both the Eastern and Western Fronts, and paints a vivid portrait of the Red Army’s onslaught on Hitler’s empire.

Bomber Command Zenith Military Classics

Zenith Press - With firsthand descriptions of the experiences of aircrew from 1939 to 1945—based on one hundred interviews with veterans—and a harrowing narrative of the experiences of Germans on the ground during the September 1944 bombing of Darmstadt, Bomber Command is widely recognized as a classic account of one of the bloodiest campaigns in World War II history.

Bomber command, through fits and starts, grew into an effective fighting force. In bomber command, originally published to critical acclaim in the U. K. Famed british military historian sir Max Hastings offers a captivating analysis of the strategy and decision-making behind one of World War II’s most violent episodes.

It ended six years later with 1, equipped with the best of British wartime technology, 600 Lancasters, and Mosquitoes, Halifaxes, razing whole German cities in a single night. The struggle in the air began meekly in 1939 with only a few Whitleys, Hampdens, and Wellingtons flying blindly through the night on their ill-conceived bombing runs.

Bomber Command Zenith Military Classics - Bomber command’s air offensive against the cities of Nazi Germany was one of the most epic campaigns of World War II. More than 56, 000 british and commonwealth aircrew and 600, 000 Germans died in the course of the RAF’s attempt to win the war by bombing. Now back in print in the U. S. This book is an essential addition to any history reader’s bookshelf.

Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

Vintage - For thirty-five years, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the war. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. World war ii involved tens of millions of soldiers and cost sixty million lives—an average of twenty-seven thousand a day.

He simultaneously traces the major developments—hitler’s refusal to retreat from the soviet union until it was too late; Stalin’s ruthlessness in using his greater population to wear down the German army; Churchill’s leadership in the dark days of 1940 and 1941; Roosevelt’s steady hand before and after the United States entered the war—and puts them in real human context.

Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 - Hastings also illuminates some of the darker and less explored regions under the war’s penumbra, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland, during which the Finns fiercely and surprisingly resisted Stalin’s invading Red Army; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944, when at least one million people died in what turned out to be, in Nehru’s words, “the final epitaph of British rule” in India.

Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people—of soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad, some of whom resorted to cannibalism during the two-year siege; Japanese suicide pilots and American carrier crews—Hastings provides a singularly intimate portrait of the world at war.

Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century. Now, he gives us a magnificent, for the first time, single-volume history of the entire war. From one of our finest military historians, a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences.

Das Reich Zenith Military Classics

Zenith Press - With allied forces suddenly on European ground, the division—Das Reich —was called up to counter the invasion. Its march northward to the shores of normandy, 15, 000 men strong, would become infamous as a tale of unparalleled brutality in World War II. Das reich is sir max hastings’s narrative of the atrocities committed by the 2nd ss panzer Division during June of 1944: first, the execution of 99 French civilians in the village of Tulle on June 9; and second, the massacre of 642 more in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane on June 10

With its rare, unbiased approach to the ruthlessness of World War II, Das Reich explores the fragile moral fabric of wartime mentality. World-renowned british historian Sir Max Hastings recounts one of the most horrific months of World War II. June 1944, the month of the D-Day landings carried out by Allied forces in Normandy, France.

Das Reich Zenith Military Classics - Germany’s 2nd ss panzer division, had recently been pulled from the Eastern Front and relocated to France in order to regroup, recruit more troops, one of Adolf Hitler’s most elite armor units, and restock equipment. Throughout the book, hastings expertly shifts perspective between French resistance fighters, the British Secret Service who helped coordinate the French resistance from afar and on the ground, and the German soldiers themselves.

Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Vintage - From the acclaimed military historian, ypres, a history of the outbreak of World War I: the dramatic stretch from the breakdown of diplomacy to the battles—the Marne, Tannenberg—that marked the frenzied first year before the war bogged down in the trenches. In catastrophe 1914,  max hastings gives us a conflict different from the familiar one of barbed wire, mud and futility.

In october, at terrible cost the British held the allied line against massive German assaults in the first battle of Ypres. In august, 000 men dead in a single day, the british fought an extraordinary holding action against oncoming Germans, four days after the French suffered 27, one of the last of its kind in history.

Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War - Throughout we encounter statesmen, 500 feet of open ground; farmers who at first decried the requisition of their horses; infantry men engaged in a haggard retreat, peasants, housewives and private soldiers of seven nations in Hastings’s accustomed blend of top-down and bottom-up accounts: generals dismounting to lead troops in bayonet charges over 1, generals, sleeping four hours a night in their haste.

He traces the path to war, making clear why germany and Austria-Hungary were primarily to blame, and describes the gripping first clashes in the West, where the French army marched into action in uniforms of red and blue with flags flying and bands playing. This is a vivid new portrait of how a continent became embroiled in war and what befell millions of men and women in a conflict that would change everything.

. He argues passionately against the contention that the war was not worth the cost, maintaining that Germany’s defeat was vital to the freedom of Europe. Hastings also re-creates the lesser-known battles on the Eastern Front, Austrians, brutal struggles in Serbia, East Prussia and Galicia, where the Germans, Russians and Serbs inflicted three million casualties upon one another by Christmas.

The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945

Harper - In the secret war, max hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and some extraordinary sagas of intelligence and resistance, to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history. New york times bestseller from one of the foremost historians of the period and the acclaimed author of inferno and catastrophe: 1914, Russia, Britain,  The Secret War is a sweeping examination of one of the most important yet underexplored aspects of World War II—intelligence—showing how espionage successes and failures by the United States, Germany, and Japan influenced the course of the war and its final outcome.

Spies, codes, and guerrillas played unprecedentedly critical roles in the Second World War, exploited by every nation in the struggle to gain secret knowledge of its foes, and to sow havoc behind the fronts.

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle

Doubleday - While expertly detailing the follies of the american leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt's-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances. Hampton sides has been hailed by critics as one of the best nonfiction writers of his generation.

But sides tells it exceedingly well, with fresh research, gritty scenes and cinematic sweep. Washington postfrom the new york times bestselling author of ghost soldiers and in the kingdom of ice, a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean WarOn October 15, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, 1950, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving.

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle - Superb. A masterpiece of thorough research, deft pacing and arresting detail. This war story — the fight to break out of a frozen hell near the Chosin Reservoir — has been told many times before. The chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war.