Antony Beevor in Gothenburg in 2015
Antony James Beevor
14 December 1946
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
|Notable awards||Samuel Johnson Prize|
|Children||one son, one daughter|
|Relatives||John Julius Norwich, father-in-law|
Antony James Beevor, FRSL (born 14 December 1946) is an English military historian, educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst. He studied under the military historian John Keegan, and is a former officer with the 11th Hussars, who served in England and Germany for five years before resigning his commission. He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and the 20th century in general.
- Career and personal life 1
- Reception of written works 2
- Honours 3
- Awards 4
- Published works 5
- References 6
- External links 7
Career and personal life
Beevor is a visiting professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London.
He is descended from a long line of writers, being a son of "Kinta" Beevor (born Carinthia Jane Waterfield, 22 December 1911 – 29 August 1995), herself the daughter of Lina Waterfield, and a descendant of Lucie Duff-Gordon (author of a travelogue on Egypt). Kinta Beevor wrote A Tuscan Childhood. Antony Beevor is married to biographer Artemis Cooper; they have two children, Nella and Adam.
Reception of written works
His best-known works, the best-selling Stalingrad and Berlin - The Downfall 1945, recount the World War II battles between the Soviet Union and Germany. They have been praised for their vivid, compelling style, their treatment of the ordinary lives of combatants and civilians and the use of newly disclosed documents from Soviet archives.
His 2012 book The Second World War is noted for its focus on the conditions and grief faced by civilians and women and for its "masterful" coverage of the war in East Asia. Beevor's expertise has been the subject of some commentary; his publications have been praised as revitalizing interest in World War II topics and have allowed readers to reevaluate events such as D-Day from a new perspective. He has also appeared as an expert in documentaries related to World War II.
Overall, his works have been translated into over 30 languages with over 6 million copies sold.
Beevor is a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He was also awarded an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Bath in 2010, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent, awarded in 2004.
Beevor has been recognized with the 2014 Pritzker Military Museum & Library's Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Tim O'Brien, the 2013 recipient, made the announcement on behalf of the selection committee. The award carried a purse of $US 100,000.
Beevor also sits on the Council of the Society of Authors.
- Crete: The Battle and the Resistance
- Berlin:The Downfall 1945
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-39 (Spanish Edition)
- La Vanguardia Prize for Non-Fiction
Published worksHe has written thirteen books, novels and non-fiction.
|Violent Brink||1975||Novel||First published by John Murray, London|
|The Faustian Pact||1983||Novel||Jonathan Cape, London|
|For Reasons of State||1980||Novel||Jonathan Cape, London|
|The Spanish Civil War||1982||Non-fiction||First published Orbis, London||ISBN 9780141001487|
|The Enchantment of Christina von Retzen||1989||Novel||Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London|
|Inside the British Army||1990||Non-fiction||Chatto and Windus, London|
|Crete: The Battle and the Resistance||1991||Non-fiction||John Murray, London||ISBN 9780140167870|
|Paris After the Liberation, 1944–1949||1994||Non-fiction||Co-authored with his wife, Artemis Cooper. Revised edition 2004|
|Stalingrad||1998||Non-fiction||Viking Press, London, later by Penguin, London||Translated into 26 other languages. ISBN 9780670870950|
|Berlin: The Downfall 1945||2002||Non-fiction||Penguin, London||Published as The Fall of Berlin 1945 in the US ISBN 9780670030415|
|The Mystery of Olga Chekhova||2004||Non-fiction||(See Olga Chekhova) ISBN 9780670033409|
|The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936–39||2006||Non-fiction||ISBN 9780143037651||Spanish edition published in 2005. ISBN 9780143037651|
|D-Day: The Battle for Normandy||2009||Non-fiction||Penguin Books, London||ISBN 9780670021192|
|The Second World War||2012||Non-fiction||W&N||ISBN 9780316023740|
|Ardennes 1944||2015||Non-fiction||Viking||ISBN 9780670918645|
Antony Beevor has edited books, including:
- A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941–1945 by Vasily Grossman. ISBN 9780375424076
He has also contributed to several other books, including:
- The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century, ed by Hew Strachan
- What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been, by Robert Cowley (Editor), Antony Beevor and Caleb Carr. (2003)
- (5 August).The GuardianWalker, Shaun. 2015. Russian Region Bans British Historians' Books from Schools.
- (6 August).The TimesSpiro, Zachary. 2015. Russia Bans Books on Nazi Defeat by British Historians.
- Honorary Graduates. University of Bath, 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Antony Beevor, on official webpage. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Honorary Graduates 1989 to present. University of Bath, 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Antony Beevor. Penguin Books Ltd., 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Official website
- Antony Beevor Stalingrad Berlin - The Downfall 1945
- Antony Beevor discusses his book on the Spanish Civil War
Appearances on C-SPAN
- , 24 October 2004.The Mystery Of Olga Chekhova interview with Beevor on Booknotes
- , 15 July 2012The Second World War interview with Beevor on Q&AC-SPAN
- Interview on The Second World War at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on 21 June 2012