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Carlo W. D'Este
Born 1936 (age 85–86)
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]


D'Este lists his three favorite military historians and influences as: Barbara Tuchman (The Guns of August), John Eisenhower (The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge), and Martin Blumenson (general George S. Patton’s official biographer).[5]

A&E adapted his biography of George S. Patton to television for its TV series (and, presumably, its Biography Channel) in 1995. In 1996, C-SPAN interviewed him about that book on its Booknotes program.


  • New Mexico Military Institute junior college, 1956
  • Norwich University magna cum laude, 1958
  • University of Richmond masters, 1974
  • University of London under the G.I. bill[3]

Career and other work

Decorations, awards and honors

  • Hall of Fame, New Mexico Military Institute, 2002
  • Norwich University, D.H.L., 1992
  • Board of Fellows Service Medallion, Norwich University, 2008[7]
width=60 Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster[8]
width=60 Meritorious Service Medal
width=60 Army Commendation Medal

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

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

In 2011, he received the $100,000 Pritzker Military Library 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. As part of the award, he gave an interview at the Pritzker Military Library on October 21, 2011, reflecting on his writing career in the field of World War II scholarship.[11]



  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". LibraryThing (Tim Spalding). Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Surabian, Carol (19 February 2007). "NEW SEABURY NOTABLES: An Interview with Carlo D’Este, Distinguished Military Historian" (PDF). Mashpee, Massachusetts: The Peninsula Council, Inc. (The Homeowners Association of New Seabury). Retrieved 2008-11-26. [dead link]
  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. 5.0 5.1 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. [dead link]
  7. "Norwich University - Homecoming 2008". September? 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  8. "Eisenhower With Carlo D'Este Author". Washington Post. May 30, 2002. Retrieved 2008-11-27. "D'Este is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal and Commendation Medal." 
  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". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  11. Pritzker Military Library Award Interview on October 21, 2011

Further reading about D'Este

  • 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.*

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