Geoffrey Regan

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Geoffrey Regan
Geoffrey Bernard Regan

(1946-07-15) 15 July 1946 (age 72)
ResidenceSurrey, England
EducationUniversity of Kent: M.A.
Alma materUniversity of London: PGCE (1972)
Occupationauthor at the Wayback Machine (archived 4 February 2005)

Geoffrey Regan (born 15 July 1946) is an English author of popular history, former senior school teacher and broadcaster. He has authored books focused on military failures, and has written for newspapers and periodicals such as USA Today[1] and History Today.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Regan attended Sudbury Grammar School from 1957 onwards, University of Kent from 1965-1970, receiving his B.A. and M.A., and took his Postgraduate Certificate in Education at University of London in 1972. He taught at senior school level from 1971 through to 1990. He lives in Surrey, England. [3]


Kirkus Reviews, describing Regan as author of "numerous popular military histories", wrote that Lionhearts "shines a soft, flattering light" on the warring leaders Saladin and Richard I, and scarcely condemns atrocities against captives.[4]

A review of Great Military Disasters in the U.S. Air Force's Air Power Journal referred to it as "in depth"; the author's "historical perspective demonstrates the usefulness of studying history to gain insight, temper judgement, and train the mind."[5] The St. Louis Post-Dispatch stated that with the book's "melancholy roll-call of failure, the student of military history might well wonder how anybody wins."[6]

Fight or Flight was described in its 1996 Air Power Journal review as "readable, well organized, and extremely accessible", and "with an increasing number of military books dealing with technology, [. . . ], it is refreshing to find a book that emphasizes the one element found in all combat - people."[7]


He has published more than 40 books,[8] including:

  • Great Military Disasters: A Historical Survey of Military Incompetence 1988. ISBN 978-0871315373
  • The Guinness Book of Military Blunders Guinness. 1991. ISBN 9780851129617
  • Fight or Flight 1996. ISBN 978-0380780198
  • Lionhearts: Saladin, Richard I, and the Era of the Third Crusade 1999. ISBN 978-0802713544
  • Backfire: A History of Friendly Fire 1999. ISBN 978-0788161216
  • Great Military Blunders 2000, along with a Channel Four television special of the same name[9]
  • Naval Blunders 2000. ISBN 978-1574882537
  • Royal Blunders 2004. ISBN 978-0233050447
  • Battles That Changed History 2006. ISBN 978-1844421787
  • First Crusader: Byzantium's Holy Wars 2003. ISBN 978-1403961518


  1. ^ Regan, Geoffrey (4 August 2003). "War technology cannot always trump human error". USA Today.
  2. ^ Regan, Geoffrey (1 December 2001). "Time Bandit". History Today (Questia Online Library). Archived from the original on 1 December 2001. Retrieved 6 September 2012. ... explains how the experience of boredom in the classroom set him off into a career as inspirational teacher, writer and broadcaster(subscription required)
  3. ^ "Geoffrey Regan website". 2000. Archived from the original on 9 December 2000. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Lionhearts by Geoffrey Regan". Kirkus Book Reviews. 15 May 1999. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  5. ^ Terry, Michael R. (1990). "Net Assessment: Great Military Disasters (review)". Airpower Journal. U.S. Superintendent of Documents (via EBSCO). 4 (1): 81. Retrieved 6 September 2012.(subscription or library access required)
  6. ^ Levine, Harry (8 November 1988). "Book review: Sad roll call of warfare's bad blunders". St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Newsbank). p. 5D.(subscription required)
  7. ^ Tate, Robert (Fall 1996). "Net Assessment: Fight or Flight (review)". U.S. Air Force Air University. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Geoffrey Regan (author)".
  9. ^ Blundell, Nigel (19 February 2000). "That's blown it; History is full of military cock-ups and fatal mistakes". The Mirror (Questia Online Library). London, England. Retrieved 6 September 2012.(subscription required)

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