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About Saul

Saul David is a military historian, novelist and broadcaster.

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His history 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). 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 for Operation Thunderbolt were bought by Hollywood's Participant Media and used in the making of the motion picture 'Seven Days in 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) and "an essential part of anyone's library" (Doug Stanton). His latest book, Crucible of Hell: Okinawa - The Last Great Battle of the Second World War, was published in the spring of 2020 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the campaign, and has been shortlisted for the 2021 British Army's Military Book of the Year. It was described by Antony Beevor as 'Excellent...gripping narrative' and named as an Amazon.com History Book of the Month and Daily Telegraph and Times/Sunday Times Non-fiction Book of the Year. In a 5-star review in the Daily Telegraph, Simon Heffer described Saul as 'peerless now among our military historians'.

His next book, coming out 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 operations unit has opened its doors to a historian.

Saul has also written three bestselling historical novels, Zulu HartHart of Empire and The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders.

Saul has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV and streaming channels. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 16.06.2021

    To watch Saul talking about his latest book Crucible of Hell for the Aspects of History Summer Festival, click on this link

  • 18.05.2021

    Saul is delighted to announce that he’s been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his ‘contribution to historical scholarship’. He is henceforth entitled to use the letters ‘FRHistS’ after his name.

    The Society was founded in 1868 and exists to promote historians and historical research worldwide. Click here for more information about the RHS

  • 28.04.2021

    At 6.30 pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021, Saul will talk about his book Crucible of Hell with General Sir Mike Jackson at an event organised by ABF – The Soldier’s Charity. Tickets cost £20 and all proceeds go to helping former servicemen and their families. Click here for more details

  • 1.03.2021

    Join Saul and Oxford’s Prof Rana Mitter this Friday 5 March 2021 at 5.45pm, online (and for free), talking about ‘The End of the War in the Pacific’ for the  National World War II Museum’s International Conference. Click here for details

  • 1.03.2021

    Do join Saul at 6.30pm on Tuesday 4 May to hear him give an online lecture about Crucible of Hell in aid of ABF – The Soldier’s Charity. Click here  to book

  • 25.01.2021

    It’s just been announced that Saul’s latest book Crucible of Hell has been shortlisted for 2021 British Army Military Book of the Year. Click here for details

  • 29.11.2020

    Historian Keith Lowe has chosen Crucible of Hell as one of his Books of the Year in the Christmas edition of the BBC History Magazine. Lowe writes: ‘Brilliant … harrowing. The attention to detail is exemplary: we see the conflict from just about every angle’

  • 29.11.2020

    Historian James Holland has chosen Crucible of Hell as one of his Books of the Year on Waterstones.com He writes: ‘Saul David is a brilliant historian… In shocking and jaw-dropping detail, he brings a battle that deserves far greater prominence and understanding vividly back to life.’ https://www.waterstones.com/blog/james-hollands-favourite-reads-of-2020

  • 29.11.2020

    Crucible of Hell has been chosen as one of the Daily Telegraph‘s History Books of the Year for 2020. Simon Heffer writes: ‘Magisterial… David describes the action with a clarity and deftness uncommon in military historians.’

  • 29.11.2020

    Crucible of Hell has been chosen as one of the Times/Sunday Times History Books of Year for 2020. Gerard deGroot writes: ‘Historians of the Pacific war too often portray the Japanese as soulless automatons fighting relentlessly without qualms or fear. Saul David restores an essential human dimension – both sides are brave, stoic, frightened, barbaric and occasionally cowardly. This is war at its most personable, brutal and depressing.’ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/best-history-books-of-the-year-2020-w5t77tztq

Broadcasting

An experienced TV and radio broadcaster.

Saul 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 2019 he presented Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed, and part of a series on great inventions (‘Revolutions’). In 2021 he appears in Netflix’s series Road to Victory in Colour.