Taylor Downing



Taylor Downing is a writer, historian and television producer. He has written several best selling books and has produced more than 200 television documentaries many of which have won Awards.


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Taylor's new book on the little known Cold War scare entitled 1983 - The World at the Brink is published in April 2018. The book is already generating immense interest. Historian Tom Holland has tweeted about 'Taylor Downing's gripping and frankly terrifying book on the US-Soviet nuclear confrontation.'

The book is being called 'a real-life thriller'. Click on: 1983

 

 

Taylor's last book Breakdown: The Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme was picked out by The Times as a 'Must Read' book of 2016. Published by Little Brown, the book has received several superb reviews and there were features on the book in both the Telegraph and Mail in April 2016. 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breakdown-Crisis-Shell-Shock-Somme/dp/140870661X/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455815700&sr=1-8&keywords=taylor+downing


Breakdown is now out as an Abacus paperback.


Taylor interviewed for Centenary News:

http://www.centenarynews.com/article/shell-shock-on-the-somme---centenary-news-speaks-to-taylor-downing-author-of-breakdown


Taylor interviewed on CNN International once again by Christiane Amanpour  to discuss the 70th anniversary of VE Day:

http://cnn.it/1EUrV8N


In 2015 Taylor was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Fellows are elected because of their 'original contribution to historical scholarship'. Taylor said he was 'flattered and delighted' to become a Fellow of the RHS:

http://royalhistsoc.org

 

Taylor provides historical background to Christiane Amanpour for CNN International's coverage of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Shown across Europe, Asia and Africa. See:

http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/06/amanpour-tours-churchills-bunker/?hpt=hp_bn9

 

The World at War is now available: The landmark documentary series The World at War remains the most influential and renowned history programme ever produced by British television. Taylor Downing's book traces how the series came about and looks at it in the context of the development of History programming on Television in Britain.


Spies in the Sky was short listed for the prestigious Royal United Services/Duke of Westminster Award for Military Literature. The award was won by All Hell Let Lose by Max Hastings. Taylor was delighted to be short listed with such a distinguished group of historians that also included Gary Sheffield, John Gaddis and David Stevenson.

http://www.rusi.org/westminstermedal

Video links:

Taylor on Churchill's War Lab

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5xpQ3oBhNI 

 

Other video links on the Television page

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