In addition to the 2008 Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature, a special Lifetime Achievement Award is being made to Sir Max Hastings FRSL for his lifetime contribution to military literature.
The Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature has been awarded annually since 1997. The award is bestowed for the best book in the English language by a living author, regardless of nationality, gender or age, which represents in the opinion of the Awarding Board a notable and original contribution to the study of international or national security, or the military professions.
Max Hastings, a notable journalist and military historian, will be presented with the special Lifetime Achievement Medal and will deliver a lecture on the subject of journalism and military history to a distinguished audience at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), in Whitehall on 17 November from 10:30 to 12:30. There will tea and coffee served in the Reading Room before the lecture begins in the Library at 11:00.
There have been many books written on the Second World War, but none captures the essence of the conflict better than the two titles published by Max Hastings in recent years: Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-1945, and Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945. These titles typify the strengths of Max Hastings’ work: they are written in clear, guiding prose, with a narrative that illuminates the different events, the battles, and why decisions were made as they were.
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