Max Hastings is the author of twenty-six books, most about conflict, and between 1986 and 2002 served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph, then editor of the Evening Standard. He has won many prizes both for journalism and his books, of which the most recent are All Hell Let Loose, Catastrophe and The Secret War, best-sellers translated around the world. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of King's College, London and was knighted in 2002. He has two grown-up children, Charlotte and Harry, and lives with his wife Penny in West Berkshire, where they garden enthusiastically.
'[Stories] of breathtaking derring-do ... A gripping new collection from Max Hastings that puts you at the heart of the battle ... In his powerful new book, Soldiers: Great Stories Of War And Peace, he has collected first-person accounts that illustrate in searing detail and immediacy all the violence, grief, pathos, black humour and courage of conflict. In these compelling extracts, a young officer agonises over his decision to leave a dying comrade, a badly wounded Gurkha gets back into battle, and a legendary field marshal is executed by his own side' Daily Mail 'A delightful book, which can be dipped into anywhere and which will provide enormous enjoyment to all those who are interested in how people react to war' Aspects of History 'A fascinating collection of military stories ... The sort of book that can be picked up at intervals ... [but] once tasted, is hard to put down' Washington Post