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Gloucester History Festival

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Saul’s next talk on Operation Thunderbolt is in the historic setting of Blackfriars Prior for the Gloucester History Festival at 6pm on Thursday 15 September 2016. Click here for more details and to book tickets

MA in Military History

Tuesday, August 9th, 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

Military History - BBC History - Aug 2016



Paperback Review

Wednesday, June 15th, 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.’

Buckingham Literary Festival

Wednesday, June 15th, 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.


Friday, February 19th, 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

World War II: A Timewatch Guide

Friday, February 19th, 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

Washington Times

Tuesday, February 2nd, 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

New York Times Book Review

Wednesday, January 20th, 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

USA Today review

Monday, January 4th, 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

Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, December 29th, 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