British historian Sir Max Hastings has been named the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The $100,000 honorarium, citation and medallion, sponsored by the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation, will be presented at the library’s annual Liberty Gala on October 27, 2012. The video announcement was made today at pritzkermilitarylibrary.org.
Hastings is the author of 23 books, the most recent of which include Inferno:The World at War, 1939-1945, Finest Years:Churchill as Warlord 1940-45, Armageddon:The Battle for Germany 1944-45 and Nemesis: The Battle for Japan 1944-45. He has reported on eleven conflicts, including Vietnam and the 1982 South Atlantic war. He was the editor and later editor in chief, of the Daily Telegraph for nine years and of the Evening Standard for four years.
He has received numerous awards, both for his books and journalism, including the Somerset Maugham Prize for Bomber Command: The Myths and Reality of the Strategic Bombing Offensive, 1939-1945and Journalist of the Year and Reporter of the Year in the 1982 British Press Awards, and Editor of the Year in 1988.
The Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing was established in 2007. The recipient’s contributions may be academic, non-fiction, fiction, or a combination of any of the three, and his or her work should embody the values of the Pritzker Military Library.