Historian Allan R. Millett to Receive 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award...

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Historian Allan R. Millett to Receive 2008 Pritzker Military Library
Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement
$100,000 Award to be Presented at October 4, 2008 Gala in Chicago

CHICAGO, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Allan R. Millett has been selected to
receive the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime
Achievement in Military Writing.  The $100,000 honorarium, citation and
medallion, sponsored by the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation, will be presented
at the Library's annual Liberty Gala on October 4, 2008 at Chicago's Drake
Hotel.  The announcement was made today via Internet webcast by the Library's
President and Founder, COL (IL) James N. Pritzker IL ARNG (Ret.), at
    The Pritzker Military Library Literature Award recognizes a living author
for a body of work that has profoundly enriched the public understanding of
American military history.  The recipient's contributions may be academic,
non-fiction, fiction, or a combination of any of the three, and his or her
work should embody the values of the Pritzker Military Library.  A national
panel of historians, writers and individuals related to the study of
American history and heritage -- including the first recipient of the award
James M. McPherson -- reviewed nominations and definitive works submitted
by publishers, agents, book sellers and other professional literary
organizations.  The finalist recommendation was unanimously endorsed by the
executive council of the Foundation established to oversee the award process.
James N. Pritzker states, "The selection committee has honored an individ-
ual whose life's work in the area of understanding and writing about military
history is at the highest scholarly level.  Allan Millett's written work,
teaching and other pursuits have educated and informed us all in a most pro-
found way.  In creating this premiere annual award to recognize one author's
lifetime commitment to scholarly writing on military topics we ultimately hope
to contribute to a better understanding of the horrible complexities of war,
past, present and future."
    The Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and Ambrose
Professor of History, University of New Orleans and the Maj. Gen. Raymond E.
Mason, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Military History, The Ohio State University,
Allan R. Millett is a specialist in the history of America's military policy,
twentieth century wars, and military institutions.
    In the past decade, Millett also has become a specialist of international
stature on the history of the Korean War. He began his work on the war as a
Fulbright Distinguished Professor, Korean National Defense University,
in 1991, and a Fellow of the Korea Foundation, 1996.  In this area of
scholarship, Millett has written Their War for Korea (2000) and A House
Burning: The War for Korea (2005).  Four of his books are on the required
reading list for officers of the U.S. Armed Services and he has contributed
original essays to fifteen books on the Korean War, World War II, American
historiography, foreign and defense policy and military history.
    Dr. Millett is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  His military
experience included twelve years of reserve service in infantry units,
including command of an infantry battalion, for which he was awarded the
Legion of Merit in 1989.
    States Millett, "The Tawani Foundation and the Pritzker Military Library
honor me with the second annual Pritzker Award for lifetime achievement in
military history scholarship.  The award is especially satisfying since it is
decided by a group of distinguished historians.  I share this honor with my
two co-authors, Peter Maslowski and Williamson Murray, and with our loyal
legion of graduate students at The Ohio State University.  I am indebted to
the Mershon Center at Ohio State and to General and Mrs. Raymond E. Mason,
Jr., who have supported my research."
    Millett's nomination was submitted by two of his publishers, the
University Press of Kansas and Harvard University Press.
    The Pritzker Military Library Literature Award will be presented on Octo-
ber 4, 2008 during the Library's annual Liberty Gala at Chicago's historic
Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton Place). The Library will also recognize the
philanthropic efforts of the McCormick Foundation with the Founder's Award.
The evening will include a tribute to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. For
more information on the Liberty Gala or to purchase tickets, visit the Gala
website at: http://www.pmlgala.org.
    The Pritzker Military Library is a non-profit, non-partisan library
located at 610 North Fairbanks Court in the Streeterville neighborhood of
Chicago, near the Magnificent Mile. The mission of the Pritzker Military
Library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials
and develop appropriate programs focusing on the Citizen Soldier in the
preservation of democracy.
    The 5,000 sq. ft. facility features over 27,000 historical, reference,
biographical and rare books on military subjects, 7,000 photographs, 1,000
original antique military posters and prints, and other military artifacts
from private donors and the collection of COL (IL) James N. Pritzker, ARNG
(Ret.). Since opening in October 2003, the Library has produced over 200
programs including author events, interviews with Medal of Honor recipients,
and Chicago's only monthly public affairs program on military issues, Front &
Center with John Callaway. Evening programs in the Library's McHenry Atrium
are presented free of charge in front of a live audience, broadcast live on
the Internet, and recorded for later broadcast on WYCC-TV/Channel 20, a PBS
affiliate. Programs are also available as audio podcasts on the Library
website and at iTunes. A complimentary reception for Associate Members with
wine and light refreshments precedes each evening program. Books are provided
for purchase and signing at author events by The Book Stall at Chestnut
Court. The Pritzker Military Library is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable
organization with no partisan, political or governmental affiliation.
    A registered 501 (c) (3) grant-making organization, Tawani Foundation
promotes knowledge and understanding through the support of organizations
dedicated to historical preservation, health and wellness, and environmental
conservation. The Tawani Foundation awards grants to organizations according
to the objectives of specified programs areas. The Foundation is committed to
the four key Foundation initiatives of preservation of military heritage,
conservation and preservation of historical sites, health and wellness and
landmark gifts and grants.
SOURCE  The Pritzker Military Library

Ted Boles, +1-312-751-5513, tboles@korshak.com, for The Pritzker Military
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