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About Saul

Saul David is an historian, broadcaster and the author of several critically-acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction.

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His history books include Military Blunders, The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: the Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year), All The King's Men: The British Redcoat in the Era of Sword and Musket and 100 Days to Victory: How the Great War was Fought and Won, 1914-1918. He has also written two bestselling novels, Zulu Hart and Hart of Empire, and edited the war diaries and letters of a Great War subaltern, Mud & Bodies.

His latest work of non-fiction, Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport was an Amazon History Book of the Year for 2015. Alan Furst commented in the New York Times Book Review: 'Tense and riveting...This is the achievement of a masterly, first-rate historian.' A film option has been bought by StudioCanal and principal photography will begin in November 2016.

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 9.08.2016

    There is still space on this year’s Master’s in Military History by Research programme that Saul runs for the University of Buckingham in London. Applications close on 30 September 2016. Full-time and part-time options available, as well as associate studentships (which do not require a written component, but instead give the student access to lectures and dinners).

    For further details on guest lectures and how to apply, see the Academic section of this website, the University of Buckingham website (www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/militaryhistory ) or contact Claire Prendergast:

    T: 01280 820204 E: claire.prendergast@buckingham.ac.uk

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  • 15.06.2016

    There was a lovely 5-star paperback review of Operation Thunderbolt in last Saturday’s Daily Telegraph: ‘David’s is a brilliant account that reads like the plot of an action movie.’

  • 15.06.2016

    Saul’s next talk on his book Operation Thunderbolt – to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Entebbe Raid – is at the Buckingham Literary Festival on Friday 1 July 2016. Click here for further details and to book a ticket.

  • 19.02.2016

    Saul’s next talk on Operation Thunderbolt is at 2.30pm on Thursday 25 February 2016 for Jewish Book Week at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, NW3 6ET. Click here for more details and to book a ticket

  • 19.02.2016

    Saul next TV appearance is at 9pm next Thursday 25 February 2016 when he presents World War II: A Timewatch Guide for BBC4.WW 2 TX card

  • 2.02.2016

    Another wonderful review of Operation Thunderbolt appeared in today’s Washington Times. ‘The story of this ever more dramatic story,’ writes Martin Rubin, ‘has been told many times on page and screen. But never better than British historian Saul David does in this meticulously researched, vivid account. He has a knack for making the reader feel he is right there… The raid was one of history’s truly stirring and awe-inspiring events, and Mr David’s gripping book truly does it justice.’ Click here for full review

  • 20.01.2016

    This Sunday a rave review of Operation Thunderbolt by brilliant spy novelist Alan Furst will appear in the New York Times Book Review. Furst writes: ‘David…has written what will most likely be the definitive work on the subject and produced a tense and riveting account of what has come to be known as the Entebbe Raid. By means of extraordinarily deep research, David essentially lets the characters speak for themselves…. David’s exploration of the various conflicts generates a high level of drama and tension for the reader, even though the outcome is known. This is the achievement of a masterly, first-rate historian. He is also a master at detailing the chaotic action of combat.’ Click here for the full review

  • 4.01.2016

    Another great review of Operation Thunderbolt in last Saturday’s USA Today. Ray Locker writes: ‘Saul David…has nimbly woven a breathless romp across Europe, the Middle East and Africa… Operation Thunderbolt succeeds as a suspenseful read and a lesson in how one era’s bogeyman, in this case Amin, can seem frightening and omnipotent at one point in time and then ridiculous in hindsight.’ (3.5 stars out of 4) Click here for the full review

  • 29.12.2015

    Writing in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Jordan Chandler Hirsch describes Operation Thunderbolt as a ‘thrilling’ read. He adds: ‘Dozens of books and movies have tried to capture the menace and the romance of the operation, most famously “Raid on Entebbe,” the 1977 TV movie starring Peter Finch and Charles Bronson. It’s no wonder. The event sports a colorful cast of heroes and villains. In “Operation Thunderbolt,” British historian Saul David relies on extensive interviews with the captors, kidnapped and rescuers to retell the story in a tick-tock trek from Tel Aviv bunkers to the airport in Entebbe. The effect is heart-racing.’ Click here for full review

  • 27.12.2015

    Another glowing review of the US edition of Operation Thunderbolt in yesterday’s Boston Globe. ‘This gripping tale,’ writes Joshua Kendall, ‘has already been told in numerous books, feature films and documentaries.. But David’s version, which cuts back and forth between the key players and reads like a film script, should prove definitive. He has tracked down formerly classified documents in four countries. His meticulous reconstruction has also been enriched by recent interviews with hostages as well as Israeli soldiers and politicians and even a former terrorist. Not surprisingly, the rights to David’s book were quickly gobbled up by a leading European film production company.’ Click here for full review

Broadcasting

An experienced TV and radio broadcaster.

BBC, BBC Radio 4, Channel 4Saul has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV channels and is a regular on Radio 4. Visit the Broadcasting page for a full list of credits. In 2015 he appeared in programmes on the Spanish Armada, the Duke of Wellington, the Battle of Waterloo (twice), the History of Spain and the secret rescue of Ethiopia's Jews. In 2016 he features in a six-part series about Adolf Hitler and presents World War Two: A Timewatch Guide for BBC4.