Max Hastings is the author of many acclaimed books, mostly about warfare, including the bestselling and critically acclaimed Nemesis, All Hell Let Loose and Catastrophe. In his early career as a correspondent, he reported on the 1982 Falklands War, experiences which he described in his memoir Going to the Wars. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of King's College London, he was knighted in 2002.
Boldly interrogating the accepted myths surrounding the iconic Dambusters raids of 1943, Hastings contrasts the bravery of the bombers and ingenuity of the engineers with the suffering and devastation the operation caused to the German public. Meticulously researched and compellingly argued, this is a masterful exercise in military revisionism from one of our greatest historians.