With an introduction read by Max Hastings. An exhilarating and uplifting account of the lives of 16 'warriors' from the last three centuries, hand-picked for their bravery or extraordinary military experience by the eminent military historian, author and ex-editor of the Daily Telegraph, Sir Max Hastings.
Over the course of 40 years of writing about war, Max Hastings has grown fascinated by outstanding deeds of derring-do on the battlefield (land, sea, or air) - and by their practitioners. He takes as his examples 16 people from different nationalities in modern history - including Napoleon's 'blessed fool' Baron Marcellin de Marbot (the model for Conan Doyle's Brigadier Gerard); Sir Harry Smith, whose Spanish wife, Juana, became his military companion on many a campaign in the early 19th century; Lieutenant John Chard, an unassuming engineer who became the hero of Rorke's Drift in the Zulu wars; and Squadron Leader Guy Gibson, the 'dam buster' whose heroism in the skies of World War II earned him the nation's admiration, but few friends. Every army, in order to prevail on the battlefield, needs a certain number of people capable of courage beyond the norm. In this book Max Hastings investigates what this norm might be - and how it has changed over the centuries. While celebrating feats of outstanding valour, he also throws a beady eye over the awarding of medals for gallantry - and why it is that so often the most successful warriors rarely make the grade as leaders of men.
Max Hastings studied at Charterhouse and Oxford and became a foreign correspondent, reporting from more than 60 countries and 11 wars for BBC TV and the London Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism. Among his best-selling books, Bomber Command won the Somerset Maugham Prize, and both Overlord and Battle for the Falklands won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize. After 10 years as editor and then editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph, he became editor of the Evening Standard in 1996. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he now lives in Berkshire.
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A fascinating collection of mini biographies. I was unaware until now that Hastings was such a good writer; he manages to convey both the intensity and confusion of each individual experience while at the same time provide clear and penetrating analysis of what made his subjects tick. Excellent narration.
Interesting personal stories from a range of armies and points in history.
No one stands out just a very interesting listen
Yet another excellent book by Max Hasting partnered with a first class narrator in Nigel Carrington. With each chapter focusing on a different warrior through history I was impatient at the start to reach the WW1 & 2 individuals as this is my main interest area. However straight from the start the “Warriors” the author had focused on were extremely informative and interesting.
I ended up learning significantly more than I expected about conflicts I have previously overlook and they were of such interesting levels that it made me want to learn more about that period. In particular the look at the American Civil War and Napoleonic War where 1st class and I would without hesitation listen to an entire book on the subject by this author/narrator team!
Some well know characters in history were overlooked to focus on the less well known subjects which I feel only strengthened the books impact and interest levels.
Truly a book that any Military history enthusiast would benefit from listening to!
The way it went into detail about characters I had only just heard of.
The Coverage of Guy Gibson
The narration was very good
Not realy suitable for a book
I thoroughly recommend anything written by the author, Max Hastings. It is a well-written book.
The chronology, the range of subject and simply the fascinating accounts of various warriors, whose stories Max Hastings felt were worth telling.
No - but he was excellent.
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