Taylor Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War. Taylor also writes on the history of film and television. The covers of his most recent books are alongside. Click on a cover to find out more about the book.


His most recent books are:

1942 Britain at the Brink (Little, Brown 2022)

1983 The World at the Brink (Little, Brown 2018)

Breakdown (Little, Brown 2016)

Secret Warriors (Little, Brown 2014; paperback 2015)


Night Raid (Little, Brown 2013; 

paperback 2014)

The World at War (BFI Palgrave Macmillan 2012)   See The Guardian Review on:



Olympia (BFI Palgrave Macmillan 2012)

Spies in the Sky (Little, Brown 2011; paperback 2012) and


Churchill’s War Lab (Little, Brown 2010; paperback 2011)


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Previous books include


Cold War with Sir Jeremy Isaacs (Abacus paperback 2008) the best selling book of the successful television series originally published in 1998


Battle Stations with Andrew Johnston (Pen and Sword, 2000) the book to accompany the television series of the same name


Civil War with Maggie Millman (Collins & Brown 1991) the book to accompany the Channel 4 television series of the civil war that divided British society in the mid 17th century


The Troubles as Editor (Thames Macdonald 1980)


Taylor is also a regular contributor to History Todaymagazine and has written many book reviews for The Observer.