March 28, 2005 Alistair Horne Named Senior Distinguished Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center

Horne Scheduled to Arrive in April

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named award-winning historian Alistair Horne a Senior Distinguished Scholar in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, effective in April. Horne will be researching the papers of former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

Horne was born in London in 1925 and spent much of his life abroad, including periods at schools in the United States and Switzerland. After leaving Jesus College, Cambridge, where he studied English literature, Horne concentrated on writing and spent several years in Germany as a correspondent for the [London] Daily Telegraph.

A prolific author, Horne has written widely on European history over the past 50 years. His books include “Back into Power” (1955); “The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916” (1963), for which he won the Hawthornden Prize; and “Small Earthquake in Chile” (1972). His 1978 book about the French and Algerian war, “A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-62,” won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize as well as the Wolfson History Award and won him acclaim from C.P. Snow, who declared that he was “one of the best writers of history in the English-speaking world.”

Some of Horne’s more recent books are “The French Army and Politics 1870-1970” (1984), which won the Enid MacLeod Prize in 1985; “Harold Macmillan,” Volumes I and II (1988-91); “A Bundle from Britain” (1993), a memoir about the United States and World War II; “The Lonely Leader: Monty 1944-1945” (1996); “The Seven Ages of Paris” (2002); “The Age of Napoleon” (2004); and the forthcoming “La Belle France: A Short History.”

Horne has been honored with the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and the French Légion d’Honneur for his work on French history.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate and energize scholarly discussion, distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources and interact with policymakers in Washington. The Kluge Center houses senior Kluge Chairs, other senior-level chairs, senior distinguished scholars and nearly 25 postdoctoral fellows. For more information about any of the fellowships, grants and programs offered by the John W. Kluge Center, contact the Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC 20540-4860; telephone (202) 707-3302, fax (202) 707-3595, or visit the Web at


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