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Saul David

Biography

Saul David is a military historian, novelist and broadcaster. His non-fiction books include The Indian Mutiny (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu (a Waterstone’s Military History Book of the Year), and Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport (an Amazon History Book of the Year).

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Alan Furst commented in the New York Times Book Review: ‘Tense and riveting…This is the achievement of a masterly, first-rate historian.’ The film rights were bought by Hollywood’s Participant Media and used in the making of the motion picture ‘Entebbe’ which was released worldwide in the spring of 2018. The film is co-produced by Working Title, directed by José Padilha, and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan.

In 2019, he brought out The Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII’s Mission Impossible, which was hailed as a ‘monumental achievement’ (Douglas Brinkley), ‘an essential part of anyone’s library’ (Doug Stanton), and ‘a very fine book…masterly in style’ (Alexander Rose, Wall Street Journal). His latest book, Crucible of Hell: Okinawa – The Last Great Battle of the Second World War, was published in the spring of 2020 in the UK and US to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the campaign. It has been described by Antony Beevor as ‘Excellent…gripping narrative’ and named as an Amazon.com History Book of the Month and a Times/Sunday Times Non-fiction Book of the Year. In a five-star review in the Daily Telegraph, Simon Heffer described Saul as ‘peerless now among our military historians’.

His next book, due for publication in the autumn of 2021, is SBS: Silent Warriors – The Authorized Wartime History. The book will include previously unseen documents from the SBS Association Archives, the first-time that Britain’s top-secret maritime special forces unit has opened its doors to a historian.

Saul has also written three bestselling historical novels, Zulu HartHart of Empire and, published in 2018, The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders. Bernard Cornwall wrote of Saul: ‘A first-rate historian, now a masterly story teller.’

He has presented and appeared in numerous historical documentaries for all the major TV and streaming channels, including BBC1, 2 and 4, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, History, National Geographic, Netflix, PBS, RMC Découverte, and Discovery.

He is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham where he teaches a Master’s in Military History by Research.

Books

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Articles

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Was Marlborough Britain’s Greatest General?

Was Marlborough Britain’s Greatest General?

‘There has been,’ wrote a recent biographer of the Duke, ‘no more successful English soldier than the 1st Duke of Marlborough. During the War of the Spanish Succession, he won all his battles, and triumphed at every siege. Moreover, Marlborough was simultaneously in charge of overall allied ...

Author Interviews

Saul David

Saul David

What first attracted you to the period or periods you work in?I remember, as a child, hearing tales of military derring-do round the dinner table. My Dad loves reading military history, and often discusses the great battles and commanders with friends and family. I suppose I first got interested as a means of getting his ...