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    • Inferno

    • The World at War, 1939-1945
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 31 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 681
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 597
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 602

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A different kind of history

    • By Mike From Mesa on 02-05-12
    • The World at War, 1939-1945
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 31 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 12-09-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 681 ratings

    Regular price: $38.46

    • Vietnam

    • An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Max Hastings
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • 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 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 1968 Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam, and also much less familiar miniatures such as the bloodbath at Daido, where a US Marine battalion was almost wiped out, together with extraordinary recollections of Ho Chi Minh’s warriors. Here are the vivid realities of strife amid jungle and paddies that killed two million people. 

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Catastrophe 1914

    • Europe Goes to War
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 25 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 550
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 494
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 481

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • outstanding

    • By Jean on 12-13-13

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Secret War

    • Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 205
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 178

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Better read than listened to

    • By B. In -t Veld on 03-25-17

    Regular price: $55.90

    • Vietnam

    • An Epic Tragedy: 1945-1975
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble, Max Hastings - introduction
    • Length: 33 hrs and 33 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 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.

    Regular price: $26.17

    • 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 113
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Only for knowledgable listener

    • By Robert Yuan on 12-19-14
    • D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 06-02-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 113 ratings

    Regular price: $24.51

    • Retribution

    • The Battle for Japan, 1944 - 45
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 27 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A superb study by one of the world's finest histor

    • By Easton Reader on 12-22-16

    Regular price: $45.50

    • The Korean War

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 255
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 256

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brings a true history to a war that is often over looked

    • By rstone23 on 03-30-16

    Regular price: $24.51

    • Battle for the Falklands

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 207

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb in every regard.

    • By Charlie Hovenas on 02-14-15

    Regular price: $24.51

    • Bomber Command

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    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
    • Stunningly real. Gritty. Breathtaking.

    • By Robert on 10-11-14

    Regular price: $24.51

    • The Korean War

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 124
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      4 out of 5 stars 65
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      4 out of 5 stars 66

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well worth it

    • By David on 11-17-06

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Winston's War

    • Churchill, 1940-1945
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A very different Churchill

    • By Mike From Mesa on 10-03-13

    Regular price: $51.93

    • Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Max Hastings, Nigel Harrington
    • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $34.84

    • Finest Years

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 27 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    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
    • Full of perceptive insight

    • By Jean on 09-11-14

    Regular price: $27.71

    • 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 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    Regular price: $34.84

    • 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 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Standard world war 2 account plus personal corresp

    • By Neuron on 02-11-14

    Regular price: $31.97

    • Warriors

    • Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read Warriors

    • By Douglas on 08-14-15

    Regular price: $24.51

    • 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 196
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 183

    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
    • Great Book. Even for anti-British Americans.

    • By Ted on 07-15-14

    Regular price: $31.97

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

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Max Hastings
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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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.

    Regular price: $26.43

    • Das Reich

    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A case study of a Nazi Panzer Regiment France 1944

    • By Michael on 10-07-14

    Regular price: $20.24

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