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About Saul

Saul David is a Sunday Times bestselling 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 latest SBS: Silent Warriors – The Authorized Wartime History was published on 2 September 2021 to universal praise. 'A terrific book,' wrote James Holland in the Daily Telegraph, 'written with all the gusto, thrills and head excitement these SBS operations richly deserve. It really is one of the most enjoyable histories I've read in many a year.'  It was an instant Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, entering the list at No. 9 and climbing to No. 4.

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 a Professorial Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham.

In 2021, Saul founded the Military History Club, offering members exclusive digital content (in the form of newsletters, podcasts, videos and magazines), but also the opportunity to engage with top military historians around the dinner table, attend book launches and bespoke history tours, and even try their hand at writing for the club’s annual e-publication Militaria. For more details and an online application form, click on the link to the club website.

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News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 3.12.2021

    Saul spoke to Paul Woodage about his new book SBS: Silent Warriors. Click here to watch the interview on WW2TV.

  • 1.12.2021

    To satisfy the pent-up demand among lovers of military history for a more immersive experience, Saul has founded the first global Military History Club (MHC): an exclusive forum that allows members to sample digital content (in the form of newsletters, podcasts, videos and magazines), but also the opportunity to engage with top military historians round the dinner table, attend book launches and bespoke history tours, and even try their hand at writing for the club’s annual e-publication Militaria.

    So if, unlike Groucho Marx, you are happy to join a club that will have you as a member, do visit the MHC website –  www.militaryhistoryclub.org – and fill in the online application form. Saul is looking for bright and curious individuals of all ages, backgrounds and levels of knowledge. All he asks is that you have a love of military history and a thirst to know more.

  • 22.11.2021

    Saul’s will be talking about his bestselling SBS: Silent Warriors at the beautiful new venue for his local bookshop Topping & Co in Bath on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 7.30pm. Click here for more information and to buy a ticket

  • 22.11.2021

    Saul’s SBS: Silent Warriors has been named one of the Daily Telegraph‘s 75 best books of 2021: The 75 best books of 2021 telegraph

  • 28.10.2021

    Saul discusses his new book SBS: Silent Warriors with Rob Attar, editor of the BBC History Magazine. Click here to read or hear the interview on the HistoryExtra podcast

  • 25.10.2021

    Saul discusses SBS: SILENT WARRIORS with James Rogers on his History Hit Warfare podcast. Click the link to listen. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/warfare/id1526490428

  • 25.10.2021

    Reviewing Saul’s new book SBS: SILENT WARRIORS in November 2021’s issue of History Today magazine, Rupert Edis writes: ‘Excellent…wonderful book… David makes a strong case for the strategic importance of the tiny SBS to the Allied victory.’

  • 1.10.2021

    Saul’s next talk on his bestselling new book SBS: Silent Warriors is at 6.30pm next Thursday 7 October 2021 at the Henley Literary Festival. Click here for more info and to buy a ticket

  • 20.09.2021

    Saul’s next talk on his new book SBS: Silent Warriors is at the Chelsea History Festival at 2pm this Friday 24 September. Click here for more details and to book a ticket

  • 20.09.2021

    SBS: Silent Warriors has climbed to No. 4 in this week’s Sunday Times Top 10 Bestsellers with weekly hardback sales of 2,425.

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.