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About Saul

Saul David is a historian and broadcaster.


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, Saul 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. It has been described by Antony Beevor as 'Excellent...gripping narrative' and named as a Times/Sunday Times Non-fiction Book of the Year.

Saul has also written three bestselling historical novels, Zulu HartHart of Empire and, published in 2018, The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders.

Saul is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham.

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 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

  • 16.06.2020

    Saul gave a live online presentation on his London-based MA in Military History by Research that runs from September 2020-September 2021 (or from Sept 2020-Sept 2022 if you do the Master’s part-time). It is also possible to join the programme as an Associate: meaning you can attend the guest lectures and dinners, but do not need to submit written work.   Click here to watch the presentation  Click here for more information and to apply

  • 25.05.2020

    Saul’s latest book CRUCIBLE OF HELL was given a 5-star review by Simon Heffer in the Daily Telegraph. Heffer wrote: ‘Saul David is…peerless now among our military historians… [A] superb book…that often reads like a screenplay, but depicts suffering that was all too real’. Click here to read full review

  • 25.05.2020

    Saul spoke to Mark LiVecche of Providence magazine about his new book Crucible of Hell. Click here to watch

  • 22.05.2020

    Saul was interviewed about his new book CRUCIBLE OF HELL by Dr Mark LiVecche for Providence magazine. https://providencemag.com/video/crucible-hell-conversation-saul-david/

  • 22.05.2020

    For those budding military historians out there, Saul will be holding a live webinar at 6pm on Monday 15 June 2020 for his London-based one year MA in Military History (or two years part-time), starting this September. Do join him. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/event/military-history-from-marlborough-to-montgomery-and-macarthur/

  • 21.05.2020

    Saul’s new book Crucible of Hell has been chosen as an Amazon.com History Book of the Month for May 2020. Chris Schluep wrote for Amazon Book Review: ‘Okinawa was the largest air-land-sea battle in history. It was a battle that lasted more than 80 days, and it truly was a crucible. Saul David brings those days to brilliant, bloody, dramatic life in his book.’


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 2019 he appeared in programmes on the US Presidents at war and the Second World War in Colour, and presented Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed, and part of a series on great inventions ('Revolutions')