|Carlo W. D'Este|
|Born||1936 (age 79–80)
|Residence||New Seabury, Massachusetts|
|Education||New Mexico Military Institute junior college, 1956
Norwich University magna cum laude, 1958
University of Richmond masters, 1974
|Title||LtCol, USA (Ret.)|
|Children||four (and six grandchildren)|
- New Mexico Military Institute junior college, 1956
- Norwich University magna cum laude, 1958
- University of Richmond masters, 1974
- University of London under the G.I. bill
Career and other work
- Military historian and biographer, 1978–present
- Member of Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee
- Honorary member, Board of Fellows of Norwich University
- President of the Friends of Norwich Library
- Trustee of Mashpee Public Library, Mashpee, Massachusetts
- United States Army, tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam, retired as lieutenant colonel, 1978.
- Lecturer at School of Advanced Military Studies, United States Army Command and General Staff College
- Founded (with W.E.B. Griffin) the William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium (1996). That organization presents the Colby Award.
- Advised President of the United States Bill Clinton on his visit to Italy, England, and Normandy (1994)
D'Este lists his three favorite military historians and influences as: Barbara Tuchman (The Guns of August), John Eisenhower (The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge), and Martin Blumenson (general George S. Patton’s official biographer).
A&E adapted his biography of George S. Patton to television for its Biography (TV series) (and, presumably, its Biography Channel) in 1995. In 1996, C-SPAN interviewed him about that book on its Booknotes program.
Decorations, awards and honors
- Hall of Fame, New Mexico Military Institute, 2002
- Norwich University, D.H.L., 1992
- Board of Fellows Service Medallion, Norwich University, 2008
|Legion of Merit|
|Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Service Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal|
He was awarded the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize by the American Veterans Center, 2010.
He delivered the annual Kemper Lecture on Winston Churchill at Westminster, College, Fulton, Missouri, 2010.
In 2011, he received the $100,000 Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The award includes an honorarium, citation and medallion, sponsored by the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation. As part of the award, he gave an interview at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on October 21, 2011, reflecting on his writing career in the field of World War II scholarship.
- Decision in Normandy: The Unwritten Story of Montgomery and the Allied Campaign, Dutton (New York, NY), 1983. ISBN 9780060924959
- Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily, 1943, Dutton (New York, NY), 1988. ISBN 9780525244714
- World War II in the Mediterranean, 1942–1945, Algonquin (Chapel Hill, NC), 1990. ISBN 9780945575047
- Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1991. ISBN 9780060158903
- Patton: A Genius for War, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1995. ISBN 9780060164553
- Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, 1890–1945, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 2002. ISBN 9780805056860
- Warlord : a life of Winston Churchill at war, 1874-1945 (1st ed.). New York City, New York: HarperCollins. November 2008. ISBN 978-0-06-057573-1. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
- (introduction to) Battle, the Story of the Bulge, John Toland, Random House (New York, NY), 1959
- (contributor to) Few Returned: Twenty-eight Days on the Russian Front, Winter 1942-1943, edited by Eugenio Corti, University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 1997.
- D'Este, Carlo (July 25, 2004). "'Warsaw Will Be Liquidated'". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-28. Review of Rising '44. The Battle for Warsaw, by Norman Davies.
- Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC Updated September 24, 2003. Document Number: H1000121713.
- "Carlo D'Este". LibraryThing (Tim Spalding). Retrieved 2008-11-26.
- Surabian, Carol (19 February 2007). "NEW SEABURY NOTABLES: An Interview with Carlo D’Este, Distinguished Military Historian" (PDF). Mashpee, Massachusetts: The Peninsula Council, Inc. (The Homeowners Association of New Seabury). Retrieved 2008-11-26.[dead link]
- Chambers II, John Whiteclay (November 26, 2008). "The Soldier Who Emerged as Statesman - review of WARLORD, A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945". p. C02.
Carlo D'Este, a retired U.S. Army colonel with a distinguished record as a military historian and a biographer of Patton and Eisenhower, now provides us with a very human look at Churchill's lifelong fascination with soldiering, war and command. This well-researched, balanced and highly readable narrative covers Churchill's military-related life, from his birth in 1874 through the end of World War II.
- Brucken, Lisa (October 24, 2008). "Noted historian and author Carlo D'Este recalls rigors of NU education: News: Norwich University". Norwich University Office of Communications. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
...favorite military historians and influences: Barbara Tuchman, author of Guns of August; John S.D. Eisenhower, author of The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge; and Martin Blumenson, who was Gen. George S. Patton’s official biographer.
- ""Twice Armed" Wins 2008 Colby Award" (PDF). February 6, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 27, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
- "Norwich University - Homecoming 2008". Norwich University Alumni Office. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
- "Eisenhower With Carlo D'Este Author". Washington Post. May 30, 2002. Archived from the original on September 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
D'Este is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal and Commendation Medal.
- $100,000 Award to be Presented at October 22, 2011 Gala in Chicago, Pritzker Military Library.
- Courtney Crowder (June 21, 2011). "Historian wins $100,000 Pritzker literary prize". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- Pritzker Military Museum & Library's Announcement of Award on June 21, 2011
Further reading about D'Este
- American Historical Review, October 1992, Alan F. Wilt, review of Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome, pp. 1304–1305.
- Book, July–August, 2002, Philip Gerard, "A Gentleman and an Officer: Before Dwight Eisenhower Became a National Hero, He Was a Little-Known Soldier, " p. 26.
- Booklist, May 1, 2002, Gilbert Taylor, review of Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, 1890–1945, p. 1489.
- Choice, December 1990, P. L. De Rosa, review of World War II in the Mediterranean, 1942–1945, p. 683.
- Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2002, review of Eisenhower, p. 632.
- London Review of Books, December 22, 1983, review of Decision in Normandy: The Unwritten Story of Montgomery and the Allied Campaign, pp. 7–8
- London Review of Books, May 26, 1994, review of Decision in Normandy, p. 3.
- National Review, August 12, 2002, Victor Davis Hanson, "Soldier of Contrasts, " p. 49.
- New York Times, September 8, 1988, review of Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily, 1943, p. C21.
- New York Times Book Review, January 22, 1984, review of Decision in Normandy, p. 10
- New York Times Book Review, November 27, 1988, Walter Lord, review of Bitter Victory, p. 18
- New York Times Book Review, July 21, 1991, review of Fatal Decision
- New York Times Book Review, p. 27; December 10, 1995, Alistair Horne, review of Patton: A Genius for War
- New York Times Book Review, pp. 9, 11; July 28, 2002, Timothy Naftali, "The Hardest Job in the Longest Day, " p. 8.
- Publishers Weekly, October 14, 1983, review of Decision in Normandy, p. 51
- Publishers Weekly, July 1, 1988, review of Bitter Victory, pp. 61–62
- Publishers Weekly, April 12, 1991, review of Fatal Decision, p. 51
- Publishers Weekly, April 15, 2002, review of Eisenhower, p. 49.
- Times Literary Supplement, September 16, 1988, Michael Carver, review of Bitter Victory, p. 1022
- Times Literary Supplement, September 6, 1991, Michael Howard, review of Fatal Decision, pp. 11–12
- Times Literary Supplement, June 10, 1994, review of Decision in Normandy, p. 33.
- Wall Street Journal, December 8, 1995, Mark Yost, review of Patton, p. A10
- Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2002, Max Boot, "Less to Like about Ike, " p. W12.*
- Carlo D'Este from HarperCollins Publishers Publisher's biographic sketch
- Patton, Harper Perennial, Carlo D'este, Book - Barnes & Noble Bookseller's biographical sketch
- Carlo D'Este Interview and biography at The Pritzker Military Museum & Library from February 8, 2007
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Interview on Warlord: a life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945 at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on November 13, 2008
- Webcast Panel on U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower with Geoffrey Perret at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on October 23, 2003