Historian Rick Atkinson to Receive 2010 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement

Jun 21, 2010, 16:08 ET from Tawani Foundation

$100,000 Award to be Presented at October 22, 2010 Gala in Chicago

CHICAGO, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rick Atkinson has been selected to receive the 2010 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 22, 2010.  The announcement was made today via live Internet webcast at pritzkermilitarylibrary.org.

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"Throughout his multifaceted career, Rick has given readers accurate and frank analysis of military history from World War II to the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan," said COL (IL) James N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Ret.), Founder and President of the Pritzker Military Library and Tawani Foundation. "His independent voice, tempered with respect and compassion, has earned high esteem not only from scholars, journalists, and civilians on the home front but also the members of the Armed Forces about whom he writes."

"This is simply thrilling," said Atkinson. "I couldn't be more honored than to be selected by the Pritzker Military Library for an award that recognizes the literary aspirations of vivid military history. I'm grateful, and delighted."

Atkinson is at work on volume 3 of his trilogy about the American role in the liberation of Europe in World War II. The first volume, An Army at Dawn, won acclaim for its brilliantly researched, deeply felt narrative of the Allied campaign in North Africa. It was followed by The Day of Battle, which interwove portraits of Eisenhower, Patton, Roosevelt, and Churchill with unforgettable images of soldiers confronted with the transformative effect of fear and violence. His other books include In the Company of Soldiers, Crusade, and The Long Gray Line.

The Pritzker Military Library Literature Award recognizes a living author for a body of work that has profoundly enriched the public understanding of American military history. A national panel of writers and historians – including previous recipients James M. McPherson, Allan R. Millett, and Gerhard L. Weinberg – reviewed nominations and definitive works submitted by publishers, agents, booksellers, and other professional literary organizations.

To learn more about the Award or 2011 nominations, visit: www.tawanifoundation.org/LTA.

SOURCE Tawani Foundation