2nd Legacy Lecture
2nd Annual National World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture
featuring Sir Max Hastings
Thursday, November 6, 2014
National Defense University
Lincoln Hall Auditorium
300 5th Avenue, Fort McNair
Sir Max Hastings
Sir Max Hastings is a British author, journalist and broadcaster. His work has appeared in every British national newspaper and he now writes regularly for the Daily Mail and Financial Times, and reviews books for the Sunday Times and New York Review of Books. He has published twenty-three books, including FINEST YEARS: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45 (2009); ARMAGEDDON: The Battle for Germany 1944-45 (2004); and NEMESIS: The Battle For Japan 1944-45 (2007). His history of World War II ALL HELL LET LOOSE – titled INFERNO in the United States – was published in 2011. His new book CATASTROPHE 1914 will be published in the autumn of 2013. He has also published three collections of writing about the British countryside and field sports. The son and grandson of writers, he was educated at Charterhouse (scholar) and University College, Oxford (exhibitioner), from which he dropped out to become a journalist. In 1967-68, he worked in the US after winning a World Press Institute fellowship, an experience which inspired his first book AMERICA 1968:The Fire This Time, published when he was 23.
He spent most of his early years as a foreign correspondent for BBC TV and the London Evening Standard, reporting eleven conflicts, notably including Vietnam and the 1982 South Atlantic war, which inspired BATTLE FOR THE FALKLANDS, the 1983 best-seller he wrote with Simon Jenkins. He was editor, then editor-in-chief, of The Daily Telegraph from 1986-1995, and of the Evening Standard 1996-2002. He has described his journalistic career in two memoirs, GOING TO THE WARS (2000) and EDITOR (2002).
He was knighted in 2002 for services to journalism.
The 2014 National World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture is made possible through the generous contributions of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher C. Quick and the Carolands Preservation Foundation courtesy of Charles B. Johnson and Dr. Ann L. Johnson.