Released on 22 March 2012.

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Going to the Wars

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'His memoirs have ... honesty, pace and readability.' Jeremy Paxman

Max Hastings grew up with romantic dreams of a life amongst warriors. But after his failure as a parachute soldier in Cyprus in 1963, he became a journalist instead. Before he was 30 he had reported conflicts in Northern Ireland, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Middle East, Cyprus, Rhodesia, India and a string of other trouble spots. His final effort was as a war correspondent during the Falklands War. Going to the Wars is a story of his experiences reporting from these battlefields. It is also the story of a self-confessed coward: a writer with heroic ambitions who found himself recording the acts of heroes.

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The chapters on the Falklands War are ... one of the best things written about warfare in half a century.
Daily Telegraph
A wonderful account of the wars of our times.
Literary Review
Max Hastings is one of the greatest living war correspondents.
John Keegan