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Sir Alistair Horne

About Sir Alistair Horne

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Sir Alistair Horne was born in London in 1925, and has spent much of his life abroad, including periods at schools in the United States and Switzerland. He served with the R.C.A.F. in Canada in 1943 and ended his war service with the rank of Captain in the Coldstream Guards attached to MI5 in the Middle East. He then went up to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read English Literature and played international ice-hockey.

After leaving Cambridge, Alistair Horne concentrated on writing: he spent three years in Germany as correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and speaks fluent French and German. His books include Back into Power (1955); Small Earthquake in Chile (1972, paperback reissued 1999); The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 (Hawthornden Prize, 1963); and To Lose a Battle: France 1940 (written in the 1960s, but still in print). A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–62 won both the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize and the Wolfson History Award in 1978 (revised paperback edition 1987). It also earned for Mr Horne C. P. Snow’s acclaim of being ‘one of the best writers of history in the English-speaking world’. His other publications include The French Army and Politics 1870–1970 (1984), which was awarded the Enid Macleod Prize in 1985; A Bundle from Britain (1993), a memoir about the USA and World War II; and The Lonely Leader: Monty 1944–1945 (1996). He has founded a research Fellowship for young historians at St Antony’s College, Oxford, editing in 2000 a thirtieth anniversary collection of essays, Telling Lives. His much acclaimed official biography, Harold Macmillan, Volumes I and II (1988–91), took ten years to write.

His latest book is The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune 1870-71 (2007). The Fall of Paris is the first part of a trilogy which includes To Lose a Battle and The Price of Glory (already available in Penguin).

In 1992 he was awarded the CBE; in 1993 he received the French Légion d’Honneur for his work on French history and a Litt.D. from Cambridge University.

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