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Hastings, Max

Works: 232 works in 1,126 publications in 16 languages and 36,039 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history  Anecdotes  Biographies  Personal narratives  Humor  Pictorial works  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Creator, Author of introduction, Director
Classifications: D743, 940.5421
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The Korean War by Max Hastings( Book )

56 editions published between 1987 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the Korean War with over 200 interviews of veterans, including the Chinese
Overlord : D-Day and the battle for Normandy by Max Hastings( Book )

49 editions published between 1969 and 2019 in English and held by 2,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the military effort by which the Allies regained the continent of Europe in World War II
Armageddon : the battle for Germany, 1944-45 by Max Hastings( Book )

39 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 2,379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of the last eight months of World War II in Europe. In September 1944, the Allies expected that the war would be over by Christmas. But the disastrous Allied landing in Holland, American setbacks on the German border, together with the bitter Battle of the Bulge, drastically altered that timetable. Hastings tells the story of both the Eastern and Western Fronts, and paints a portrait of the Red Army's onslaught on Hitler's empire. He 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? --From publisher description
The battle for the Falklands by Max Hastings( Book )

56 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A combination of on-the-spot reporting and an analysis of the political and diplomatic developments traces the curious course and far-reaching effects of the Falkland Islands War
Catastrophe 1914 : Europe goes to war by Max Hastings( Book )

21 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Russian and held by 2,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I: from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battles that occurred before the war bogged down in the trenches. World War I immediately evokes images of the trenches: grinding, halting battles that sacrificed millions of lives for no territory or visible gain. Yet the first months of the war, from the German invasion of Belgium to the Marne to Ypres, were utterly different, full of advances and retreats, tactical maneuvering, and significant gains and losses. In Catastrophe 1914, Max Hastings re-creates this dramatic year, from the diplomatic crisis to the fighting in Belgium and France on the Western front, and Serbia and Galicia to the east. He gives vivid accounts of the battles and frank assessments of generals and political leaders, and shows why it was inevitable that this first war among modern industrial nations could not produce a decisive victory, making a war of attrition inevitable. Throughout we encounter high officials and average soldiers, as well as civilians on the homefront, giving us a vivid portrait of how a continent became embroiled in a war that would change everything"--
Retribution : the battle for Japan, 1944-45 by Max Hastings( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan's defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained to be seen. The ensuing drama - that ended in Japan's utter devastation - was acted out across the vast stage of Asia, with massive clashes of naval and air forces, fighting through jungles, and barbarities by an apparently incomprehensible foe. In recounting the saga of this time and place, Hastings gives us incisive portraits of the theater's key figures - MacArthur, Nimitz, Mountbatten, Chiang Kai-shek, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. But he is equally adept in his portrayals of the ordinary soldiers and sailors - American, British, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese - caught in some of the war's bloodiest campaigns."
Inferno : the world at war, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II, and its deeply personal consequences. Hastings simultaneously traces the major developments and puts them into real human context. He also explores some of the darker and less explored regions of the war's penumbra, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944
Victory in Europe : D-day to V-E day by Max Hastings( Book )

29 editions published between 1968 and 2000 in 6 languages and held by 1,976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the momentous events that occurred in Europe between D-Day in 1944 and V-E Day in 1945
Bomber command by Max Hastings( Book )

56 editions published between 1979 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1940, England stood alone against Adolf Hitler and the overwhelming forces of the Third Reich. Envisioning no other road to victory, Winston Churchill and his advisers conceived a bold new military direction for the RAF. The plan called for the "blanket" bombing of the major cities of Germany, as opposed to the traditional tactic of bombing only key military installations and industrial sites. By the end of the war, entire cities--Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Frankfurt--were destroyed, and over a half-million civilians had been killed
The secret war : spies, ciphers, and guerrillas 1939-1945 by Max Hastings( Book )

28 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of one of the most important yet underexplored aspects of World War II--intelligence--shows how espionage successes and failures by the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, and Japan influenced the course of the war and its final outcome
Vietnam : an Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 by Max Hastings( Book )

21 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 1,390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. 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. He portrays the set pieces of Dienbienphu, the 1968 Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam, and 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 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 overwhelmingly as one for the Vietnamese people, of whom forty died for every American. US blunders and atrocities were matched by those committed by their enemies. While all the world has seen the image of a screaming, naked girl seared by napalm, it forgets countless eviscerations, beheadings, and murders carried out by the communists. The people of both former Vietnams paid a bitter price for the Northerners' victory in privation and oppression. Here we are given testimony from Vietcong guerrillas, Southern paratroopers, Saigon bar girls, and Hanoi students alongside that of infantrymen from South Dakota, Marines from North Carolina, 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 Hastings's readers know so well. The author suggests that neither side deserved to win this struggle, and presents many lessons for the twenty-first century about the misuse of military might to confront intractable political and cultural challenges. In Vietnam, Hastings marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers, to create an extraordinary record"--
Winston's war : Churchill, 1940-1945 by Max Hastings( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Churchill got many little things wrong, but he was right, crucially so, on major points of Allied strategy. When the Americans joined the war, they were hot to invade France. Churchill dissuaded Roosevelt from mounting what, in 1942 or 1943, would have been a suicide mission, and redirected Allied attention to North Africa and Italy. The Mediterranean campaign bore mixed results, but Churchill's instincts were correct. There is a poignant ambiguity about Hastings's title; after 1943, the conflict was anything but Winston's war. For a time, Churchill alone had embodied the West's hopes; but as the war turned in the Allies' favor, he was shunted aside. Roosevelt ignored his advice, and, to Churchill's horror, signed off on Stalin's subjugation of Eastern Europe. In these last years, we see a much diminished war leader. Churchill deserves our admiration; first, however, as Hastings wisely insists, "history must take Churchill as a whole."--Publisher description
The Oxford book of military anecdotes by Max Hastings( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in English and Chinese and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection is principally concerned with American and British conflicts with occasional forays into foreign armies - notably the Greeks, the Romans, and Napoleon's soldiers. Hastings has sought stories which illustrate the military condition through the ages, both on the battlefield and in the barracks: comic, eccentric, heroic, tragic
Warriors : portraits from the battlefield by Max Hastings( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Assessing the experiences of thirteen soldiers, airmen, and sailors, a military historian explores what it meant to be a warrior during the wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, examining their triumphs, tragedies, and motivations
Das Reich : the march of the 2nd SS Panzer Division through France by Max Hastings( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The march of the Das Reich 2nd SS Panzer Division from southern France to Normandy in June 1944 is one of the great untold sagas of the Second World War. In the wake of D-Day, General Heinz Lamerding and 15,000 German soldiers swept through France seeking to subdue the Resistance with absolute ruthlessness. Meanwhile, French maquisards, armed by British and French officers of Special Operations Executive, created a parallel legend in challenging their passage. On the roads of southern France, at terrible cost, local résistants manned their barricades against tanks and armoured cars. At Tulle, which 3,000 communists seized after D-Day, the Das Reich fought its way into the town and hanged 99 civilians from the lampposts in reprisal. When maquisards captured an SS battalion commander near Limoges, in the search that followed one of his comrades revenged himself by massacring and burning 642 men, women, and children in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. Rail attacks, coordinated by British officers, made it impossible for the Das Reich to move its tanks to Normandy for over two weeks, despite desperate orders from the German high command. As the bulk of the division crawled north by road, its vital gasoline supplies were destroyed by bombing directed by a party of 50 officers and men of the British Special Air Service, who had been parachuted near Poiters to attack German communications, and who were eventually captured and shot. Only a handful survived
Barricades in Belfast; the fight for civil rights in Northern Ireland by Max Hastings( Book )

6 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All hell let loose : the world at war 1939-45 by Max Hastings( Book )

28 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A magisterial history of the greatest and most terrible event in history, from one of the finest historians of the Second World War. A book which shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world- soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children
Inferno : the world at war, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, for the first time, Max Hastings gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of World War II in its entirety. Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people, he provides an intimate portrait of the world at war. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century
Yoni, hero of Entebbe by Max Hastings( Book )

10 editions published in 1979 in English and Hebrew and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catastrophe : Europe goes to war 1914 by Max Hastings( Book )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1914, Europe plunged into the 20th century's first terrible act of self-immolation- what was then called The Great War. On the eve of its centenary, Max Hastings seeks to explain both how the conflict came about and what befell millions of men and women during the first months of strife. He finds the evidence overwhelming, that Austria and Germany must accept principal blame for the outbreak
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The Korean War
Overlord : D-Day and the battle for NormandyArmageddon : the battle for Germany, 1944-45The battle for the FalklandsRetribution : the battle for Japan, 1944-45Inferno : the world at war, 1939-1945Bomber commandWinston's war : Churchill, 1940-1945The Oxford book of military anecdotes
Alternative Names
Chastings, Maks.

Max Hastings

Max Hastings britischer Journalist, Historiker und Schriftsteller

Max Hastings Brits journalist

Max Hastings storico britannico

Гастингс, Макс британский историк, писатель, журналист

Макс Гастінгс

הייסטינגס, מקס

היסטינגס, מקס

מקס הייסטינגס סופר בריטי

מקס הסטינגס

ماكس هاستينغز

مکس هیستینگز