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D’Este wins lifetime award, but is far from finished

Upon retiring in 1978 after 20 years in the US Army, Mashpee resident Carlo D’Este took up the pen. Guided by his knowledge of military operations and his curiosity about World War II, he has written seven books about the war, including mammoth biographies of Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, and Winston Churchill.

Late last month D’Este was honored with the $100,000 2011 lifetime achievement award in military writing from the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago. In announcing the award, James N. Pritzker paid tribute to D’Este’s mentoring of the next generation of military historians.

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