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  • The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945 | Max Hastings

    The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Spies, codes, and guerrillas played unprecedentedly critical roles in the Second World War, exploited by every nation in the struggle to gain secret knowledge of its foes, and to sow havoc behind the fronts. In The Secret War, Max Hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and some extraordinary sagas of intelligence and resistance, to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history.

    Amazon Customer says: "a very comprehensive history of secret warfare."
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 | Max Hastings

    Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. 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 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
  • Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944 - 45 | Max Hastings

    Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944 - 45

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan's defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama - that ended in Japan's utter devastation - was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces. In recounting these extraordinary events, Max Hastings draws incisive portraits of MacArthur, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and other key figures of the war in the East.

    William says: "Hastings does it again."
  • Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War | Max Hastings

    Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I - from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battlesthat occurred before the war bogged down in the trenches.

    Jean says: "outstanding"
  • The Korean War | Max Hastings

    The Korean War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
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    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.

    rstone23 says: "Brings a true history to a war that is often over looked"
  • Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945 | Max Hastings

    Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
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    A vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime from acclaimed historian Max Hastings, Winston's War captures the full range of Churchills endlessly fascinating character. At once brilliant and infuriating, self-important and courageous, Hastings' Churchill comes brashly to life as never before.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "A Definitive History of Winston's War"
  • Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield | Max Hastings

    Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
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    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.

    Douglas says: "Read Warriors"
  • Bomber Command | Max Hastings

    Bomber Command

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Barnaby Edwards
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    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.

    Robert says: "Stunningly real. Gritty. Breathtaking."
  • Battle for the Falklands | Max Hastings

    Battle for the Falklands

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
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    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.

    Bryan says: "The Story behind the Story of the Falklands war"
  • Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944 | Max Hastings

    Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Barnaby Edwards
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    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.

    Robert Yuan says: "Only for knowledgable listener"
  • Finest Years | Max Hastings

    Finest Years

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Barnaby Edwards
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    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.

    Jean says: "Full of perceptive insight"
  • Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 | Max Hastings

    Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Stewart Cameron
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    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.

    Ted says: "Great Book. Even for anti-British Americans."
  • Das Reich | Max Hastings

    Das Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
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    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.

    Michael says: "A case study of a Nazi Panzer Regiment France 1944"
  • The Korean War | Max Hastings

    The Korean War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. Max Hastings, preeminent military historian, takes us back to the bloody, bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950.

    David says: "Well worth it"
  • Armageddon | Max Hastings

    Armageddon

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By John Sessions
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    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?

  • All Hell Let Loose | Max Hastings

    All Hell Let Loose

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
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    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's 35 years of research on World War II, All Hell Let Loose describes the course of events, but focuses chiefly upon human experience.

    Neuron says: "Standard world war 2 account plus personal corresp"
  • The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 - 1945 | Max Hastings

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

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    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.

  • Outside Days | Max Hastings

    Outside Days

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
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    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good story about life in England"
  • Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 | Max Hastings

    Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Max Hastings, Nigel Harrington
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    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.

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

    Did You Really Shoot the Television?: A Family Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Max Hastings
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    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.

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