Giles MacDonogh

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Giles MacDonogh (born 1955) is a British writer, historian and translator.


MacDonogh has worked as a journalist, most notably for the Financial Times (1988–2003), where he covered food, drink and a variety of other subjects. He has also contributed to most of the other important British newspapers, and is a regular contributor to The Times. As an historian, MacDonogh concentrates on central Europe, principally Germany.

He was educated at the City of London School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read modern history. He later carried out historical research at the École pratique des hautes études in Paris.

MacDonogh is the author of fourteen books, chiefly about German history; he has also written about gastronomy and wine. In 1988 he won a Glenfiddich Special Award[1] for his first book, A Palate in Revolution (Robin Clark) and was shortlisted for the André Simon Award.[citation needed] His books have been translated into French, Italian, Bulgarian, German, Chinese, Slovakian, Spanish, Russian and Polish.

Reviewing 1938: Hitler’s Gamble in Spectator Magazine, Graham Stewart said: "Giles MacDonogh has repeatedly shown himself to be in the front rank of British scholars of German history. The depth of his human understanding, the judiciousness of his pickings from source material and the quality of his writing make this book at once gripping and grave."[2]

MacDonogh criticised the 2004 German film Downfall for sympathetic portrayals of Wilhelm Mohnke and Ernst-Günther Schenck. Mohnke was rumoured, but never proven, to have ordered the execution of a group of British POWs in the Wormhoudt massacre near Dunkirk in 1940, while Schenck's experiments with medicinal plants in 1938 allegedly led to the deaths of a number of concentration camp prisoners.[3] In response, the film's director stated he did his own research and did not find the allegations as to Schenck convincing. Mohnke strongly denied the accusations against him, telling historian Thomas Fischer, "I issued no orders not to take English prisoners or to execute prisoners."[4]

His latest book is The Great Battles (2010).[citation needed]



  • A Palate in Revolution, Robin Clark (1987), ISBN 0-86072-109-4
  • A Good German: Adam von Trott zu Solz, Quartet (1989), ISBN 0-7043-2730-9
  • Brillat-Savarin: The Judge and His Stomach, John Murray (1992), ISBN 0-7195-4711-3
  • Syrah, Grenach and Mourvèdre, Viking (1992), ISBN 0-670-82588-3
  • The Wine and Food of Austria, Mitchell-Beazley (1992), ISBN 0-85533-944-6
  • Prussia: The Perversion of an Idea, Sinclair-Stevenson (1994) ISBN 1-85619-267-9
  • Berlin, Sinclair-Stevenson (1997), ISBN 1-85619-525-2
  • Austria: New Wines from the Old World, Agrar Verlag (1997), ISBN 3-7040-1343-9
  • Frederick the Great, Weidenfeld and Nicolson (1999), ISBN 0-297-81777-9
  • The Last Kaiser: William the Impetuous, Weidenfeld and Nicolson (2000), ISBN 0-297-81776-0
  • Portuguese Table Wines, Grub Street (2001), ISBN 1-902304-86-1
  • After the Reich: From the Liberation of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift, John Murray (2007), ISBN 978-0-7195-6770-4
  • After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation, Basic Books, (2007), ISBN 978-0-465-00337-2
  • 1938 Hitler's Gamble, Constable (2009), ISBN 978-1-84529-845-6
  • The Great Battles, Quercus (2010), ISBN 978-1-84916-490-0



  1. ^ "Glenfiddich Food and Drink Awards winners". Ragen Family. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  2. ^ Graham Stewart (15 August 2009). "Playing for high stakes". Spectator Magazine. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. ^ Eberle, Henrik, MacDonogh, Giles and Uhl, Matthias. The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin, New York: PublicAffairs, 2005, p 370. ISBN 1-58648-366-8
  4. ^ Fischer, Thomas. Soldiers of the Leibstandarte, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing, Inc. 2008, p 26.

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