Agostino von Hassell studied history at Columbia University, graduating in 1974, and attended Columbia Journalism School, graduating in 1975. He has taught as adjunct professor in the graduate program of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, instructing members of the New York City Police Department in subjects such as counterterrorism and leadership.
He has written extensively on military and war history for a variety of publications and has authored books including Military High Life, on the history of military dining; In Honor of America, a collection of photographs capturing the American spirit; Warriors, a photographic memoir narrating life in the marines; Strike Force, an insiders view of military intelligence; Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II; and an illustrated tribute to West Point.
While still living in Germany in the early 1970s he was extensively involved in national German politics.
Hassell is currently collaborating with New Orleanian chef John Besh to create new dishes and flavors that will be showcased in Hassell’s first book dedicated to recipes. In December of 2007, Hassell was featured on the Food Network in an in-depth interview about military food.
Hassell is a Chevalier of the Confrerie du Tastevin and a Knight of Justice of the Sovereign Order. He is also a life member of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents, the National Defense Industrial Association, the OSS Society, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the American Society of Magazine Photographers, the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, and the Authors Guild. Agostino is also an active photographer and has been widely published in books and magazines. He has had one solo exhibit.
He is the recipient of the 2008Humanitarian Award from the Detectives’ Endowment Association of the New York City Police Department. He also received an award in 2006 from the RDNY (Retired Detectives of the New York Police Department) for support of law enforcement. He was also been presented with the Jesse Neal Award and the Henry N. Taylor medal for accomplishments in journalism.