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'Better than Simon Schama, Saul David has recast history as addictive narrative...'

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'Saul David has already shown himself to be a first rate historian, now he proves to be a masterly story-teller...'

Bernard Cornwell

About Saul

Saul David is a Sunday Times Top 10 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 Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 15.09.2021

    Saul will give his first public talk on his new book SBS: Silent Warriors at the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival at noon on Thursday 16 September 2021. Click here for more details and to book

  • 15.09.2021

    Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors is an instant Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, entering the list in its first week at No. 9.

  • 4.09.2021

    Saul’s new book has received a glowing review in today’s Times. Roger Boyes writes: ‘An extraordinary trawl though the archives, backed up with diaries and interviews; an accomplished act of storytelling… This is a book about big personalities, adventurers and inventors… Heroic history telling… An authorised history of a secret unit has to record not only the bravery of its unacknowledged warriors – which David has done with style – but also make a case for its strategic importance…  David has written a book that often gladdens the heart, but also makes you think about the nature of sacrifice.’

  • 4.09.2021

    Reviewing Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors in the Daily Mail, Nick Rennison wrote: ‘Riveting… A brilliant account of how the SBS was born from wartime needs, and just how much the organisation and its affiliated units were able to achieve in those early years.’ Click here to read the full review

  • 4.09.2021

    Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors was given the thumbs up by Admiral Lord (Alan) West in the Spectator: ‘A riveting story, and very British… [David] has shown great skill in pulling the disparate threads of unit reports into a cohesive story. This book is a must for naval and military historians. Beyond that, the knowledge of those involved, and their bravery and jeopardy, will grip the general reader.’ Click here to read the full review

  • 30.08.2021

    Saul chats SBS, leaky canoes and midget submarines with Dan Snow on his HistoryHit podcast, the first interview for SBS: Silent Warriors, out on Thursday 2 September. Click here to listen

  • 28.08.2021

    James Holland has heaped praise on Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors with a 5-star review in today’s Daily Telegraph: ‘Fabulously daring missions of men of astonishing courage…relayed with all the relish of a Commando comic… A cast of Boys’ Own Heroes… A terrific book, written with all the gusto, thrills and heady excitement these SBS operations richly deserve. It really is one of the most enjoyable histories I’ve read in many a year.’ Click here to read the full review

  • 24.08.2021

    Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors was featured in James Holland and Al Murray’s brilliant ‘We Have Ways of Making you Talk’ podcast (@WeHaveWaysPod) today: ‘sizzling, guilt-free stories…suffused with incredibly colourful characters’. Click here to listen 

  • 18.08.2021

    Saul David’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors is published in 15 days. Here’s a quick promo video to whet the appetite.

  • 18.08.2021

    Saul’s will give the first talk on his new book SBS: Silent Warriors at the Taunton Literary Festival on Thursday 9 September. Jim Booth, the 100-year-old SBS veteran and hero of D-Day, will be in attendance. Temple Methodist Church, Taunton, TA1 3PY, 6.30pm. Click here for more information and to book a ticket.

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.