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

I am so incredibly excited and proud of this programme that we have put together for @ChelseaHistFest this year!

World-class speakers, authors and historians bring the past to life on a virtual and physical stage.


In this week's newsletter, @MarkJMelton highlights articles by @rwnicholson_ & @KhalilJeries, along with new content from @nadinemaenza, @sauldavid66, @cremer_tobias, @markdtooley, @DaleMCoulter, @ChristianBraun, @ElbridgeColby, @ashleylyoung3, & others

Last month was the 75th anniversary of the Allies' victory over japan—the official end of World War II. Yet most Britons prefer to celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany. British historian @sauldavid66 explains why they should still celebrate V-J Day:

Looking forward to my virtual interview in 45 minutes with @Roger_Moorhouse for the Dublin Festival of History to talk about his brilliant new book FIRST TO FIGHT. Do join us if you can.

And a quick shout out to Captain Tom's ghost, @wendholden, who did a masterful job with the book

Read my review of @captaintommoore 's wonderful memoir in today's @Telegraph His story of stoicism in the face of repeated setbacks should be required reading for all politicians

It's official. Banners are up and we open @ChelseaHistFest tomorrow!

So much hard work has gone into this to bring you all the best possible experience, both in venue and online.

The rooms may be sanitised but your experience won't be.

Join us:

The Chelsea History Festival kicks off tomorrow with a great mix of free and paid for talks. Including talks from @HallieRubenhold @greg_jenner @sauldavid66 and @James1940

Check out the website for more info and tickets.

This Sunday, a friend & I are setting off to walk from London to Yorkshire in aid of @CR_UK & @TheStrokeAssoc, aiming to complete 236 miles in 12 days. If you can spare a pound and a retweet, that would be tremendously kind

Actually, the entire body of Hume’s “distressing” views on race consists of one tiny footnote in his essay “On National Character”, made in the context of discussing the influence of climate on people’s characters, where he says that “he is apt to suspect that negroes are

naturally inferior to whites” because that race never produced “any individual eminent in action or speculation”. He actually used the word “suspect”, allowing that he could be wrong, for after all, he was an “empiricist”. 🙄

And the greatest irony of all? The academic 'whistleblower' discovered Hume's incriminating comments in a footnote while studying at Edinburgh on, yes you've guessed it, a Hume Fellowship. Maybe he wants to repudiate that too and pay back his stipend?

Never mind that Hume was a man of his time - a point acknowledged by the university - when views such as his were commonplace. By all means add a plaque for context to the building/statue. But to 'cancel' a genius of Hume's stature is woke lunacy. Who's next?

Appalled and ashamed to hear that @EdinburghUni, my alma mater, has renamed the David Hume Tower - where I used to attend lectures - 40 George Square. Why? Because racist comments written by the philosopher and Enlightenment giant more than 250 years ago might cause 'distress'

Next up on Thursday at 7, we have @Roger_Moorhouse in conversation with @sauldavid66 on Roger's his new book "First to Fight: The Polish War 1939" on what is the first history of the Polish war for almost half a century.
Beginning to book up quickly!

Those lovely folk at Blackwells are practically giving away h/back copies of CRUCIBLE OF HELL for under £12. A steal. Can’t work out if it’s a good sign or not!

Just arrived back from Greece (sans quarantine thankfully) to find this handsome, autographed tome by @cspencer1508 waiting for me. Can’t wait to read.

Do listen in to my talk tonight if you're ever thought about doing a Military History research degree. My 2020-21 programme begins on 28 September. Click on the link to register for the talk

Aspiring military historians can join me and @ajcboyd (who's been there and done it) on Monday 10 August at 6pm for the final webinar introduction to my Master's by Research

Yep. Most of us were head down in the archives, oblivious to the fact that everything was changing