Max Hastings

(Sir Max Hugh Macdonald Hastings)

Max Hastings
Max Hastings
  • Born: December 28, 1945
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Journalist, Editor, Author









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All politicians find it hard to address with conviction more than one emergency at a time. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Before embarking upon their great Western offensive, or indeed upon the war, the Germans should have pondered the fact that throughout history, swift outcomes of conflicts between approximate equals have been rarities. War & Peace
Belgium’s deplorable record of inhumanity as a colonial power in the Congo was surpassed only by that of Germany in South-West Africa. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Horse-and-Carriage diplomacy, like governance by crowned heads selected by accident of birth, proved wholly inadequate to address a crisis of the Electric Age. Discrimination & Prejudice
If all the collaborators were removed from their posts in bureaucracies, industries and utilities, the machinery of society would grind to a halt. Punishment of the guilty had to be balanced by other interests. Too much zeal would have made the rebuilding of societies impossible. Justice & Injustice
In every country women were dramatically empowered to fill the places of millions of absent men. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Participants in all conflicts with more than two belligerents have different motivations for deciding to fight, and this was emphatically true in 1914. War & Peace
Russia started the war [WWI] with 5,000 guns and reserves of 5 million shells. By the end of 1914, the Czar’s factories were producing 35,000 rounds a month, but the armies at the front were sometimes using 45,000 shells a day. War & Peace
The Allied cause [in WWII] was morally compromised by the need to enlist the service of Joseph Stalin’s tyranny in order to defeat the forces of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Hideki Tojo. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The case still seems overwhelmingly strong that Germany bore principal blame [for WWI]. Even if it did not conspire to bring war about, it declined to exercise its power to prevent the outbreak of restraining Austria. Even if Berlin did not seek to contrive a general European conflagration, it was willing for one, because it believed it could win. War & Peace
The dead lay stacked like folding chairs overlapping each other where they fell. War & Peace
The German policy – and policy it was – of seizing large numbers of hostages and murdering them wholesale in response to resistance largely or wholly imagined, was unmatched in scale in Western Europe. Policy & Policy Making
The Hapsburg Empire’s generals waltzed better than they fought. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Those who suppose the modern media uniquely prone to hyperbole, fantasy and deceit should consider the madness of rumor and invention that overtook the world’s press in 1914. Media, Journalism & The Press
Unauthorized misdeeds are committed by every army in every war, but in this case the German hierarchy formally endorsed the legitimacy of its soldier’s conduct.. War & Peace
A Tory government with a decent mandate seems the only hope of tackling the fiscal catastrophe responsibly. Hope ;Government
I would be miserable if I went to bed without having written 1,000 words about something.
I would have been a disastrous soldier.
I'm a passionate monarchist.
I'm a wet liberal really, and always have been. But I'm sort of an aggressive wet liberal.
It was always inevitable that if you get serious trouble in any family then everybody's inclined to look at the head of that family and see if they see any cause or reason to associate it with the head of the, head of the family, why it should be. Families, Children & Parenting
It's miraculous how much easier the computer has made my sort of work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've always found women more loyal, more disciplined, less neurotic, more hardworking. I just think they're perfect colleagues. Whereas, God knows, I've dealt with plenty of neurotic men. Women ;Religion & God
Lots of us when we're children believe 'oh well, if the world knew us as we really are, they'd know what wonderful, clever, brilliant, charming people we really are.'
People who get on at school are the ones who play by the rules, and no one's going to get far in later life playing by the system. Life
There was no doubt that in the early and mid-eighties that many of us in broadsheet newspapers felt that we still had a responsibility to try to protect the Royal Family or if you like protect the Monarchy from the assaults of the media. Families, Children & Parenting
We're taking part in a divine comedy and we should realise that the play is always a comedy, in that we're all ultimately ridiculous.
When I am fishing, I think quite a lot about the fish, but I also think about the book I'm writing.

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