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Antony Beevor is the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Literature Award.

Antony Beevor is the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Literature Award.

Never Forget: Antony Beevor with Rick Atkinson

Scholars like Beevor and Atkinson have answered the highest calling of the military historian: to not only document and preserve our history, but to impart the profound perspective that the true lessons of the past lie in the evolution of human conflict. And while our heroes should be honored and their deeds never forgotten, the real challenge—for world leaders and the rest of us—is in learning to anticipate what might come next. Sponsored by Plante Moran

A Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Literature and an authority on the history of World War II, Britain’s Antony Beevor traces the roots of his life’s work to his studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was influence by legendary military historian John Keegan.

Building upon his academic pursuits, Beevor spent five years with the 11th Hussars of the British Army before leaving the military to pursue a career in writing. Since then, his work has focused on all aspects of military history, but without glorifying war. And Beevor is most interested in the humanity of war, working to illustrate the intensely emotional nature of armies, something often overlooked.    

Best known for his writings on World War II, Beevor has spent countless hours digging through dusty archives and poring over forgotten records—and his penchant for uncovering new information is apparent in bestsellers like The Second World War and Stalingrad, for which he was granted rare access to Soviet WWII records. 

A winner of numerous awards, Beevor recently earned the 2014 Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing, joining the ranks of three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson.  A reporter, foreign correspondent, and senior editor for 25 years at the Washington Post, Atkinson is the best-selling author of The Long Gray Line and, more recently, The Liberation Trilogy—a series of acclaimed histories on World War II.

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