I'm beginning to think that Max Hastings is my favourite discovery of 2013. he is one of a tiny number of writers who writes amazing sentences, amazing paragraphs, amazing chapters, and then amazing complete works. three thick books-- the german front; japan; korean war, each one a priceless and polished gem. Hastings, a former UK paratrooper officer, writes with a soldier's eye and a historian's. although controversy surrounds each and every book, that is in some ways a necessary price for such thematic and tonal unity. Hastings is the sledgehammer of war historians.
the crowd says Hastings' thesis on a more aggressive allied push on Germany was probably flawed. it says his Korean work is biased too far to the right/Westerners. I haven't yet read the criticism about this work, but until some future update on the review, suffice to say that his story-telling powers are consummate and immense. very solid 5/5