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'Better than Simon Schama, Saul David has recast history as addictive narrative...'



'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.

  • 19.07.2015

    In today’s Observer, Ben Shepherd praises Saul’s new book as ‘meticulously researched, skilfully constructed, carefully balanced and absorbing… Combining the copious literature with interviews with participants, David tells the tale in a novelistic way, almost hour by hour, cutting from the hostages in the sweltering old terminal building in Entebbe to the government offices and military training grounds in Israel. The tension builds steadily.’ It was also chosen as The Week‘s Book of the Week, with quotes from the previous reviews in the Mail on SundaySunday TelegraphLiterary Review and Jewish Chronicle.

  • 16.07.2015

    Two more rave reviews of Saul’s new book have appeared in The Times and The Spectator. ‘Told with the style and pace of TV thrillers such as 24,’ wrote Tom Coghlan in The Times. Clare Mulley added in The Spectator: ‘Gripping… As the hours tick down to the threatened bloody denouement, tension mounts and the atmosphere thickens… A page-turner, with its single clear mission, cast of distinct personalities and very filmic scenes.’ Click here for full text of Spectator review


  • 5.07.2015

    Craig Brown, chief critic of the Mail on Sunday, gives Saul’s new book 5 stars in today’s newspaper. He writes: ‘It’s a brilliantly orchestrated book, wonderfully rich in detail, but at the same time roaring along at a heart-thumping pace… I embarked on this book as someone not particularly interested in the Middle East, or in adventure tales of soldiers in action; I finished it in a state of high tension, buzzing through the pages in the need to know what happened next.’ Click here for whole review

  • 4.07.2015

    Saul’s new book Operation Thunderbolt has received more praise in the Literary Review. ‘A wonderful narrative,’ writes Jonathan Mirsky. ‘For the first time in my reading life I felt physically thrilled by a book.’

  • 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


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.