- Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield
- Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
- Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-06-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Over the course of 40 years of writing about war, Max Hastings has grown fascinated by outstanding deeds of derring-do on the battlefield (land, sea, or air) - and by their practitioners. He takes as his examples 16 people from different nationalities in modern history - including Napoleon’s ‘blessed fool’ Baron Marcellin de Marbot (the model for Conan Doyle’s Brigadier Gerard); Sir Harry Smith, whose Spanish wife, Juana, became his military companion on many a campaign in the early 19th century; Lieutenant John Chard, an unassuming engineer who became the hero of Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu wars; and Squadron Leader Guy Gibson, the ‘dam buster’ whose heroism in the skies of World War II earned him the nation's admiration, but few friends. Every army, in order to prevail on the battlefield, needs a certain number of people capable of courage beyond the norm. In this book Max Hastings investigates what this norm might be – and how it has changed over the centuries. While celebrating feats of outstanding valour, he also throws a beady eye over the awarding of medals for gallantry - and why it is that so often the most successful warriors rarely make the grade as leaders of men.
Max Hastings studied at Charterhouse and Oxford and became a foreign correspondent, reporting from more than 60 countries and 11 wars for BBC TV and the London Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism. Among his best-selling books, Bomber Command won the Somerset Maugham Prize, and both Overlord and Battle for the Falklands won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize. After 10 years as editor and then editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph, he became editor of the Evening Standard in 1996. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he now lives in Berkshire.
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By cjg on 11-09-15
A fascinating collection of mini biographies. I was unaware until now that Hastings was such a good writer; he manages to convey both the intensity and confusion of each individual experience while at the same time provide clear and penetrating analysis of what made his subjects tick. Excellent narration.
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By paul hadfeild on 25-06-18
some of it seems a bit off topic
I think they put chapter 6 in the wrong book its a long story about a bloke who rides around in a ballon but happens to be a writer and toff ,oh and he gets killed without acheaving anything .umm warriors i thought it was called.
i found it a bit anoying that the narrator puts on a 1950s posh english film voice for officers ,think he was dieing to throw in a few "what what" and jolly good old chaps .it's just lazy steriotype that assumes people spoke like that for a few hundred years.
its not a bad book though but i wouldn't read it again .
i do like max Hastings books generally .
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By Douglas on 14-08-15
I thoroughly recommend anything written by the author, Max Hastings. It is a well-written book.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
By j on 08-04-15
Would you listen to Warriors again? Why?
What did you like best about this story?
The chronology, the range of subject and simply the fascinating accounts of various warriors, whose stories Max Hastings felt were worth telling.
Have you listened to any of Nigel Carrington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No - but he was excellent.