Sir Max Hugh Macdonald Hastings, FRSL, FRHistS (born 28 December 1945) is a British journalist, editor, historian and author. His parents were Macdonald Hastings, a 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. Whilst most of his immediate family were educated at Stonyhurst, it was his cousin Sir Stephen Hastings who became his abiding ally. Thus he set off for the United States, spending a year (1967–68) as a Fellow of the World Press Institute, following which he published his first book, America, 1968: The Fire This Time, an account of the US in its tumultuous election year. He became a foreign correspondent and reported from more than sixty countries and eleven wars for BBC TV's 24 hours current affairs programme and for the Evening Standard in London. Hastings was the first journalist to enter the liberated Port Stanley during the 1982 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 2002. He received a knighthood in 2002. He was elected a member of the political dining society known as The Other Club in 1993.
He has presented historical documentaries for the BBC 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. He was named Journalist of the Year and Reporter of the Year at the 1982 British Press Awards, and Editor of the Year in 1988. In 2010 he received the Royal United Services Institute's Westminster Medal for his "lifelong contribution to military literature", and the same year the Edgar Wallace Award from the London Press Club. In 2012 he was awarded the US$100,000 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, a lifetime achievement award for military writing, which includes an honorarium, citation and medallion, sponsored by the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation.
Hastings is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the Royal Historical Society. He was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England from 2002–2007.
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, among other things, allegedly exaggerating discontent in the Australian Army during this period.
Hastings currently writes a column for the Daily Mail but often contributes articles to other publications such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The New York Review of Books.
He lives at Hungerford in West Berkshire with his second wife Penny (née Levinson). Hastings has a surviving son and daughter by his first wife, Patricia Edmondson (divorced 1994). In 2000, his 27-year-old elder son Charles took his own life at Ningbo, China. He dedicated his book Nemesis: The Battle For Japan 1944–45 to his son's memory.
Hastings has supported both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. He announced his support for the Conservative Party at the 2010 general election, having previously voted for the Labour Party at the 1997 and 2001 general elections. He claimed that "four terms are too many for any government" and described Gordon Brown as "wholly psychologically unfit to be Prime Minister".
- 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 0-00-719886-8. 288 pp
- Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944–45 (HarperPress [UK], October 2007) ISBN 0-00-721982-2 (re-titled Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944–45 for US release Knopf ISBN 978-0-307-26351-3)
- Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord, 1940–45. London, HarperPress, 2009. ISBN 978-0-00-726367-7 (re-titled Winston's War: Churchill, 1940–1945 for US release by Knopf, 2010, ISBN 978-0-307-26839-6)
- Did You Really Shoot the Television?: A Family Fable. London, HarperPress, 2010. ISBN 978-0-00-727171-9
- All Hell Let Loose: The World At War, 1939–1945. London, HarperPress, 29 September 2011. ISBN 978-0-00-733809-2 (re-titled Inferno: The World At War, 1939–1945 for US release by Knopf, 1 November 2011, ISBN 978-0-307-27359-8. 729 pp)
- Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War. London, Knopf Press, Release Date 24 September 2013, ISBN 978-0307597052, 640 pp.
- "The Tory defence policy will be simple: cut, brutally". 16 January 2010. pp. 14–15. http://www.spectator.co.uk/essays/all/5704518/the-tory-defence-policy-will-be-simple-cut-brutally.thtml. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- Wellington Bomber, 2010 BBC documentary
- Clan Macdonald of Sleat
- Lloyd, John (29 July 1997). "Secret members of the Other Club". p. 13.
- "Britain's Max Hastings wins $100K military writing prize". 19 June 2012. http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/06/19/pritzker-military-writing.html.
- Frank Walker (2 December 2007). "Mutinous jibe angers veterans". The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/mutinous-jibe-angers-veterans/2007/12/01/1196394689062.html. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- "My vote". guardian.co.uk. 11 April 2010. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/11/my-vote-davison-iannucci-hastings-drabble-bakewell.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Column archive at The Daily Mail
- Column archive at Journalisted
- Debrett's People of Today
- Max Hastings at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Max Hastings in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Article archive at The Guardian
- Interview on Armageddon
- Interview on Nemesis / Retribution
- Interview on Inferno
-  with Rick Atkinson at the Pritzker Military Library on 26 October 2012
-  on Inferno at the Pritzker Military Library on 16 November 2011
-  on Winston's War at the Pritzker Military Library on 17 March 2010
- Interview on Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944–45 at the Pritzker Military Library on 1 May 2008
- Interview on Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944–1945 at the Pritzker Military Library on 30 November 2004
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|Editor of The Daily Telegraph
1986 – 1995
|Editor of the Evening Standard
1996 – 2002
|Non-profit organization positions|
|President of the CPRE
2002 – 2007
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