Sir Antony Beevor
Antony Beevor in Gothenburg in 2015
|Born||Antony James Beevor
(1946-12-14) 14 December 1946
Kensington, London, England
|Education||Abberley Hall School
|Alma mater||Royal Military Academy Sandhurst|
|Notable awards||Samuel Johnson Prize|
|Relatives||John Julius Norwich, father-in-law|
|Years of service||1966-1970|
Early life and career
Born in Kensington, Beevor was educated at two independent schools; Abberley Hall School in Worcestershire, followed by Winchester College in Hampshire. He then went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he studied under the military historian John Keegan, before receiving a commission in the 11th Hussars on 28 July 1967. Beevor served in England and Germany and was promoted to lieutenant on 28 January 1969 before resigning his commission on 5 August 1970.
He revised his 1982 The Spanish Civil War in 2006 as The Battle for Spain, which keeps the structure and some language from its predecessor, but uses the updated narrative and detailed style of his Stalingrad book. The reworked release adds characters and archival research from Germany and Russia.
He is descended from a long line of writers, being a son of "Kinta" Beevor (born Janet Carinthia Waterfield, 22 December 1911 – 29 August 1995), who was the daughter of Lina Waterfield, an author and foreign correspondent for The Observer 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.
In August 2015, Russia's Yekaterinburg region considered the banning of Beevor's books, accusing him of Nazi sympathies citing his lack of Russian sources when writing about Russia, and promoting false stereotypes introduced by Nazi Germany during World War II. Beevor responded by calling the banning "a government trying to impose its own version of history" like other "attempts to dictate a truth" such as the denial of the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide.
In January 2018, Beevors's book about the Battle of Stalingrad was banned in Ukraine. Beevor told RFE/RL: "I must say, this sounds absolutely astonishing. There's certainly nothing inherently anti-Ukrainian in the book at all."
Beevor was elected an honorary Fellow of King's College London in July 2016. 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.
- 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
|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: Hitler's Last Gamble||2015||Non-fiction||Viking||ISBN 9780670918645|
|Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944||2018||Non-fiction||Viking||ISBN 9780241326763|
Antony Beevor has edited books, including:
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)
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "No. 44435". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 October 1967. p. 11533.
- "No. 44774". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 January 1969. p. 995.
- "No. 45168". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 August 1970. p. 8855.
- "Biography". antonybeevor.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
- Brendon, Piers (June 24, 2006). "Review: The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
- "Antony Beevor: 2014 Pritzker Literature Award Winner | Pritzker Military Museum & Library | Chicago". Pritzkermilitary.org. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- "Entombed in their own bunkers". London: Telegraph. 25 April 1998. Archived from the original on 27 March 2007.
- Judd, Alan (28 April 2002). "Every sort of assault: review of Berlin: the Downfall, 1945 by Antony Beevor". London: Telegraph. Archived from the original on 30 March 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
- Bernstein, Richard (26 September 1998). "An Avalanche of Death That Redirected a War". The New York Times. New York City, United States. p. E-8. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
- "The Second World War". Kirkus Review. Kirkus. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Toye, Richard (7 September 2012). "Many Wars in One". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Temple, Peter (21 July 2012). "Beevor unleashes a blitzkrieg". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "In praise of ... Antony Beevor". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Ltd. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Summers, Chris. "Red Army rapists exposed". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "When TV Goes to War". BBC Four. BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Farndale, Nigel (19 October 2014). "Antony Beevor: 'I deserved to fail history. I was bolshie...'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- Ignacio Villarreal. "Russia orders libraries to ditch 'Nazi' books by British historians".
- Walker, Shaun. 2015. Russian Region Bans British Historians' Books from Schools. The Guardian (5 August).
- Spiro, Zachary. 2015. Russia Bans Books on Nazi Defeat by British Historians. The Times (6 August).
- "Historian Beevor 'Astonished' At Ukraine Ban On Best-Selling 'Stalingrad'". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 17 January 2018.
- "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N2.
- Honorary Graduates. University of Bath, 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "New fellows of King's College London". 1 August 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- Honorary Graduates 1989 to present. University of Bath, 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Antony Beevor. Penguin Books Ltd., 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Antony Beevor (2014-04-24). "Antony Beevor - Penguin Books USA". Penguin.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
- "Pritzker Military Museum & Library Announces 2014 Literature Award Winner - BWWBooksWorld". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- "British military historian wins $100,000 prize". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- Carpenter, Caroline (2014-06-26). "Beevor wins $100,000 Pritzker Military Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- James, Trevor (2016). The Historian. The Historical Association. p. 2. ISSN 0265-1076.
- Clark, Nick (4 November 2014). "Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction: Helen Macdonald wins with 'H is for Hawk'". The Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- Official website
- Antony Beevor Stalingrad Berlin - The Downfall 1945
- Antony Beevor discusses his book on the Spanish Civil War
- Antony Beevor on IMDb
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Interview on The Second World War at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on 21 June 2012
- Sir Antony Beevor on Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4, 19 February 2017