Saul David

Saul David


Saul David is an historian, broadcaster and novelist. His many critically-acclaimed history books include: The Indian Mutiny:1857 (2002), shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature; Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (2004), a Waterstone’s Military History Book of the Year; Victoria’s Wars: The Rise of Empire (2006); All the King’s Men: The British Redcoat in the Age of Sword and Musket (2012); and 100 Days to Victory: How the First World War was Fought and Won.  He has also written two bestselling historical novels set in the late Victorian period. The first, Zulu Hart (2009), was described by The Times as a ‘rattling good yarn’ with ‘a compelling, sexy hero who could give Cornwell’s Sharpe a run for his money’.

His latest work of non-fiction, Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport was an Amazon History Book of the Year for 2015. Alan Furst commented in the New York Times Book Review: ‘Tense and riveting…This is the achievement of a masterly, first-rate historian.’ A film option was bought by US film company Participant, and principal photography began in November 2016. The film is co-produced by Working Title, and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Vincent Cassel.

Saul has presented and appeared in history progammes for all the major TV channels. His presenting credits include ‘The Second World War: A Timewatch Guide’ and ‘Russia: A Timewatch Guide’, both one hour programmes for BBC4 in 2016; ‘Bullets, Boots and Bandages’, a 3 x 1 hour series on the history of military logistics, for BBC4 in 2012; ‘So You Think You’re Royal?’, 7 x 1 hour for Sky One (2007), ‘Escape From…’, 6 x 30mins for Channel Five (2004), and three programmes for the BBC2’s flagship history series Timewatch: ‘The Queen’s Lover’ (2001), ‘The Greatest Knight’ (2008) and ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Lost Guns’ (February 2009). He was an on-screen expert on BBC2′s virtual battle series ‘Time Commanders’ (2004) and two of his books – Mutiny at Salerno and Zulu – have been made into BBC Timewatch documentaries (1999 and 2003).

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

Saul David @sauldavid66

Next week. Wow. Kicking off with @sauldavid66 on tomorrow talking about his incredible new book Crucible of Hell on Okinawa and the miles he clocked up writing it 😱 #WW2

@FXMC1957 @sauldavid66 Desmond Doss, inspirational story. Winderful human being.

Walk or going out on a job?

Great pic. I have a similar one in the book

The piece I wrote on my new book CRUCIBLE OF HELL for the April issue of @BBCHistoryMag is now available online:

@sauldavid66 We can’t wait to share it with everybody next week! Fascinating discussion about the end of #WW2!

Got so excited...and then realised it wasn't Time Commanders 😔 @Nusbacher @sauldavid66 @mikeloades

Great talking to Alex and Alina of @hack_history just now. Don't miss the podcast on Monday.

Buy books to help you get through the lockdown! And buy them from an independent bookshop, like one of these:

Or if you like non-fiction, check out @sauldavid66 's new history of the battle of Okinawa, out next week.

Please support publishing houses as well as independent bookshops.

Ahead of the 75th anniversary of VE Day later this year, @KeithLoweAuthor brings you the facts…

Just queued for half an hour to get into my local shop, only to be told there were no potatoes. Reminds me of my trip to East Germany in the 80s...!

The 1945 Okinawa campaign is astonishing in its violence & savagery (& consequences), & @sauldavid66 is a superb mil historian who I’ve had the pleasure to interview in the past. This will be well worth a listen.

It's today!
Launching #Liberation into the lockdown. Escape into the amazing story of Nancy Wake in this 'fresh, original breathless thriller', support your local bookshops and wash your hands! It's what Nancy would do. Signed copies available from @GoldsboroBooks soon.

And now - tomorrow is today! 😎

As a great man once said: ‘I'm the dandy highwayman who you're too scared to mention. I spend my cash on looking flash and grabbing your attention.’

Looking forward to this. Do let @hack_history know if you have any questions for me?

Some wonderful words for @sauldavid66 and his new book 'Crucible of Hell' placed in a list of the best new reads!

'Crucible of Hell' is to be published on the 2nd April 🎉