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Max Hastings
Born 28 December 1945 (1945-12-28) (age 64)
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 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, in their view, exaggerating discontent in the Australian Army during this period.[2]


  • 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)
  • Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord, 1940-45. London, HarperPress, 2009. ISBN 9780007263677
  • Did You Really Shoot the Television?: A Family Fable. London, HarperPress, 2010. ISBN 978-0007271719


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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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