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    • Vietnam

    • An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble, Max Hastings - introduction
    • Length: 33 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 27
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      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 24

    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 Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam and less familiar battles such as the bloodbath at Daido.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vietnam

    • By Nanbar3 on 03-10-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • All Hell Let Loose

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 547
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436

    The complete magisterial history of the greatest and most terrible event in history, from one of the finest historians of the Second World War. This shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world - soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children. Reflecting Max Hastings' 35 years of research on World War II, All Hell Let Loose describes the course of events but focuses chiefly upon human experience.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 40 hours long yet still felt too short.

    • By MR on 10-09-16

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Max Hastings, Nigel Harrington
    • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169

    The Amazon History Book of the Year 2013 is a magisterial chronicle of the calamity that befell Europe in 1914 as the continent shifted from the glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of total war. Nineteen fourteen was a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly recommended

    • By Tommy on 08-04-17

    Regular price: £26.99

    • Battle for the Falklands

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 547
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 493
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 493

    The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history - 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home. At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Comprehensive But Not What I Hoped For

    • By S. Morris on 26-07-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Korean War

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265

    On 25 June, 1950, the invasion of South Korea by the Communist North launched one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. The seemingly limitless power of the Chinese-backed North was thrown against the ferocious firepower of the UN-backed South in a war that can be seen today as the stark prelude to Vietnam.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A missing piece of history

    • By Mark P on 14-12-14

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Overlord

    • D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 324
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284

    The famous D-Day landings of 6 June, 1944, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, Max Hastings’ acclaimed account overturns many traditional legends in this memorable study. Drawing together the eyewitness accounts of survivors from both sides, plus a wealth of previously untapped sources and documents, Overlord provides a brilliant, controversial perspective on the devastating battle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent unbiased account of Overlord

    • By Ronan on 06-06-15
    • D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 02-06-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 324 ratings

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 - 1945

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141

    Examining the espionage and intelligence stories in World War II on a global basis, bringing together the British, American, German, Russian and Japanese histories. In The Secret War, Max Hastings examines the espionage and intelligence machines of all sides in World War II, and the impact of spies, code breakers and partisan operations on events.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Bored me to death

    • By mr on 02-04-16

    Regular price: £26.99

    • Bomber Command

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 379
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352

    With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. 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. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding!

    • By Jonathan Cunningham on 19-06-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Das Reich

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 121

    Within days of the D-Day landings, the 'Das Reich' 2nd SS Panzer Division marched north through France to reinforce the front-line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe. Veterans of the bloodiest fighting of the Russian Front, 15,000 men with their tanks and artillery, they were hounded for every mile of their march by saboteurs of the Resistance and agents of the Allied Special Forces. Along their route they took reprisals so savage they will live forever in the chronicles of the most appalling atrocities of war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping, balanced, multifaceted

    • By Jim on 04-08-14

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Warriors

    • Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly absorbing

    • By cjg on 11-09-15

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Vietnam

    • An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Max Hastings
    • Length: 32 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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 US 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. Here are the vivid realities of strife amid jungle and paddies that killed two million people. 

    Regular price: £28.29

    • Armageddon

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: John Sessions
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Armageddon tells the story of the climatic months of the Second World War and the destruction of Hitler's Germany. In this compelling study, the author addresses the big human and military questions. Why did the Allies not win the war in 1944, when they were vastly stronger than the Germans? Why did the Russians produce the best generals? What was it like to fight the British, American, German and Soviet armies?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterful history. Story telling at its best.

    • By J NEILL on 18-11-08

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Finest Years

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 27 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Preeminent military historian Max Hastings presents Winston Churchill as he has never been seen before. Winston Churchill was the greatest war leader Britain ever had. In 1940, the nation rallied behind him in an extraordinary fashion. But thereafter, argues Max Hastings, there was a deep divide between what Churchill wanted from the British people and their army, and what they were capable of delivering.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superbly written and delivered

    • By J on 13-11-14

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Nemesis

    • The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Stewart Cameron
    • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    With an introduction read by Max Hastings. A companion volume to his best-selling ‘Armageddon’, Max Hastings’ account of the battle for Japan is a masterful military history. Featuring the most remarkable cast of commanders the world has ever seen, the dramatic battle for Japan of 1944-45 was acted out across the vast stage of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Soviet assault on Manchuria.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant as usual

    • By Jim on 02-11-14

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Outside Days

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 3

    Max Hastings is best known as an acclaimed journalist and military historian. But what is perhaps less well known is his love of the countryside and its pursuits, above all fishing and shooting, which he indulges as often as he can escape his urban working environment.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • only good if you enjoy hunting, shooting and fishi

    • By jillian grant on 08-09-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Did You Really Shoot the Television?: A Family Fable

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Max Hastings
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    The author is the son of broadcaster and adventurer Macdonald Hastings, and journalist and gardening writer Anne Scott-James. Max’s father roamed the world for newspapers and as a presenter for BBC TV’s legendary 'Tonight' programme, while his mother edited 'Harper’s Bazaar', became a famous columnist and wrote bestselling gardening books. One of Max’s grandfathers was a literary editor, while the other wrote plays and essays.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A story of lost memories.

    • By Merelina on 07-02-14

    Regular price: £19.79