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'Saul David has already shown himself to be a first rate historian, now he proves to be a masterly story-teller...'

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About Saul

Saul David is an historian, broadcaster and the author of several critically-acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction.

His history books include Military Blunders, The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: the Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year), All The King's Men: The British Redcoat in the Era of Sword and Musket and 100 Days to Victory: How the Great War was Fought and Won, 1914-1918. He has also written two bestselling novels, Zulu Hart and Hart of Empire, and edited the war diaries and letters of a Great War subaltern, Mud & Bodies. His latest work of non-fiction, Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport was published in the UK on 2 July 2015 and will appear in the US on 1 December 2015. The Sunday Telegraph commented: 'A brilliant, breathless account that reads like the plot of an action movie.'

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 1.07.2015

    Last Saturday Saul wrote a comment piece about his new book Operation Thunderbolt for the Daily Telegraph. Click here to read

  • 1.07.2015

    Robert Low gave the thumbs up to Saul’s new book Operation Thunderbolt in a review in the Jewish Chronicle. He wrote: ‘Saul David’s gripping new account…will introduce a new generation to an extraordinary story… The climax of the rescue is brilliantly told; nearly 40 years on, you still heave a sigh of relief when the last Hercules lifts off from the Entebbe runway and lumbers off into the night and a new dawn for the hostages.’ Click here for full text

  • 29.06.2015

    There was a fabulous 5 star review of Saul’s new book Operation Thunderbolt in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph. Keith Lowe wrote: ‘A brilliant, breathless account that reads like the plot of an action movie, switching between events in different parts of the world as the drama unfolds… David’s book is a good reminder that our own War on Terror has deep roots.’ Click here to read the full review

  • 25.06.2015

    Today Saul and ex-hostage Olivier Cojot-Goldberg appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk to hosts Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty about Saul’s new book Operation Thunderbolt.


  • 23.06.2015

    Saul will appear on BBC1’s Breakfast show on Thursday 25th June to talk about his new book Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport. Also appearing will be Olivier Cojot-Goldberg who was 12-years-old when he and his father were taken hostage with 256 other passengers.

  • 23.06.2015

    Saul will talk about his new book – Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport – at the Chalke Valley History Festival on Sunday 28 June at 6.45pm. He will also appear twice in the BBC tent that day: discussing the BBC series Armada with Jessie Childs, Anna Whitelock and executive producer Cameron Balbirnie (10-11 am); and debating heroes with David Starkey and Amanda Foreman for a recording of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking (5-6pm).  Click here for details and to book tickets

  • 21.05.2015

    Saul’s next TV appearance is in the new three part series ‘Armada: 12 Days to Save England’, the first episode of which will air on BBC2 at 9pm this Sunday 24 May . He will also appear in parts 2 and 3, shown on 31 May and 7 June at the same time.

  • 5.05.2015

    Saul’s next TV appearance is in the BBC2 documentary ‘Wellington: The Iron Duke Unmasked’ which will be shown on Sunday 10th May at 9 p.m.

  • 20.04.2015

    To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Saul will be giving an evening lecture on the Duke of Wellington’s contribution to the Allied victory in 1815. The venue is the magnificent knave of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 6 May 2015. Click here for details and to book tickets.

  • 13.04.2015

    The UK jacket for Saul’s new book Operation Thunderbolt – published by Hodder on 2 July 2015 – has just been released.9781444762518 high res


An experienced TV and radio broadcaster.

BBC, BBC Radio 4, Channel 4Saul has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV channels and is a regular on Radio 4. Visit the Broadcasting page for a full list of credits. In 2014 he presented The Equine Army for BBC1 (repeated on BBC4) and in 2015 will appear in programmes on the Spanish Armada, the Duke of Wellington, the Battle of Waterloo and the History of Spain.He will also present World War Two: A Timewatch Guide for BBC4.