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    Brandeis professor wins $100,000 Pritzker Award

    David Hackett Fischer, winner of the 2015 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award.
    Pritzker Military Museum & Library
    David Hackett Fischer, winner of the 2015 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award.

    David Hackett Fischer , the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who teaches at Brandeis, is the recipient of the 2015 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The prize, which includes a medallion, citation, and a $100,000 honorarium, is given to a living author in recognition of work that has enriched the public’s understanding of military history. Fischer will receive the award from Museum & Library founder Jennifer Pritzker at the organization’s annual gala Nov. 7 in Chicago. (The award was first presented to historian James McPherson in 2007; other recipients include Allan Millett, Gerhard Weinberg, Rick Atkinson, Carlo D’Este, Sir Max Hastings, Tim O’Brien, and Antony Beevor.) Among Fischer’s notable works are “Washington’s Crossing,” which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for history, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and “Champlain’s Dream.” “The Pritzker Literature Award is deeply meaningful to me — it comes as the judgment of colleagues who have set the highest standards in my field by the excellence of their research and writing,” said Fischer, who’s been a member of the Brandeis faculty for more than 50 years, in a statement. “It inspires a sense of obligation in work to come.”

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