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Carlo D'Este

Carlo W. D'Este
Born 1936 (age 78–79)
Oakland, California
Residence New Seabury, Massachusetts
Nationality United States
Education New Mexico Military Institute junior college, 1956
Norwich University magna cum laude, 1958
University of Richmond masters, 1974
Occupation Military historian
Military officer
Title LtCol, USA (Ret.)
Spouse(s) Shirley
Children four (and six grandchildren)

Carlo D'Este (born 1938 in Oakland, California) is an American military historian and biographer, author of several books, especially on World War II. He is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel.[4]


  • Education 1
  • Career and other work 2
  • Influences On 3
  • Decorations, awards and honors 4
  • Writings 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading about D'Este 7
  • External links 8


Career and other work

Influences On

D'Este lists his three favorite military historians and influences as:

External links

  • 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.*

Further reading about D'Este

  1. ^ Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. Updated September 24, 2003. Document Number: H1000121713.
  2. ^ "Carlo D'Este".  
  3. ^ a b c Surabian, Carol (19 February 2007). "NEW SEABURY NOTABLES: An Interview with Carlo D’Este, Distinguished Military Historian" (PDF).  
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b 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. 
  6. ^ Twice Armed" Wins 2008 Colby Award""" (PDF). February 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  7. ^ "Norwich University - Homecoming 2008". Norwich University Alumni Office. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  8. ^ "Eisenhower With Carlo D'Este Author".  
  9. ^ $100,000 Award to be Presented at October 22, 2011 Gala in Chicago, Pritzker Military Library.
  10. ^ Courtney Crowder (June 21, 2011). "Historian wins $100,000 Pritzker literary prize".  
  11. ^ Pritzker Military Museum & Library's Announcement of Award on June 21, 2011


  • 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. ed.).  
  • (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'".   Review of Rising '44. The Battle for Warsaw, by Norman Davies.


In 2011, he received the $100,000 Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.[9][10] The award includes an honorarium, citation and medallion, sponsored by the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation.[11]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.

Delivered the annual Kemper Lecture on Winston Churchill at Westminster, College, Fulton, Missouri, 2010.

Awarded the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize by the American Veterans Center, 2010.

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Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster[8]
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  • Hall of Fame, New Mexico Military Institute, 2002
  • Norwich University, D.H.L., 1992
  • Board of Fellows Service Medallion, Norwich University, 2008[7]

Decorations, awards and honors

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.


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