“Roy Harris is the master historian of the Pulitzer Prize. He has written the real inside story of the most serious journalism of the last century, and as a result provided a brilliant portrait of America. Know your journalism, and you will know your country and its values.”
—Bob Woodward, The Washington Post
“Pulitzer's Gold is a deeply researched, richly anecdotal and faithfully inspirational chronicle of how relentless journalists, over the last 100 years, have exposed a remarkable assortment of ills and abuses to make the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service the global standard for excellence. Again and again, Roy Harris's smooth story-behind-the-story technique underscores the indispensable role of journalists in a free society.”
—Sig Gissler, Former Administrator, The Pulitzer Prizes
“At a time when many lament a general decline in watchdog journalism, the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes is a good time to reflect on the pivotal role the Pulitzer Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service has played in both celebrating and encouraging public-interest journalism. There is nobody more equipped to tell a century of these riveting tales than Roy Harris Jr., as he takes us deep into some of the most engaging and impactful storytelling that has emerged from many great investigations and a continuing search for the truth.“
“Harris’ Pulitzer’s Gold recalls some of this nation’s best journalism and tells how the stories came to be. A reporter notices an unusual data point, newsrooms publish while storms rage or human threats abound, a journalist “writes like a poet, but (with) the skills of an investigative reporter.” Each led to powerful news stories that improved communities. The book provides the lift we need today. It captures the passion of journalism and celebrates great works.”
“Pulitzer's Gold is a goldmine of inspiration for both journalists and non-journalists. Those in the newspaper business, who now find themselves obsessing about staff cutbacks and circulation declines, should embrace this book as a reminder of the highest ideals, and the absolute thrills, to be found in their profession. As for regular readers, Pulitzer's Gold offers marvelous storytelling, real-life adventures, and absolute proof that journalism can change our world for the better.”
“It is a must read for those who want an inside look at journalism at its best. There is no higher calling among American newspapers than public service journalism, and Roy Harris delves into it with flair and expertise. He tells us why and how extraordinary stories were done.”
On huffingtonpost.com, Vanity Fair investigative reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Jim Steele wrote this March 7, 2010, review. Steele's view of the Pulitzer's Gold: “This is a magnificent book on so many different levels. The stories themselves – the origin of the award, the recipients, the occasional intrigues – all are worthy topics. But Pulitzer's Gold does something even richer by reminding us of the glorious calling that is journalism and how far back it goes”. It is “reassuring to see how many such heroic efforts have been made over time. That reflects the depth of the research and the details on so many little-known (or unknown) episodes in our past.”
Here is what some others are saying about Pulitzer's Gold.
Robert Schmuhl, Philadelphia Inquirer Book Review (Friday, March 21st): News stories that set gold standard for journalism.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Book Review (Sunday, March 9th): Pulitzer's Gold. Excellent book shows newspapers do matter
Choice, the publication of the American Library Association, (which made Pulitzer's Gold an “Editor's Pick” in July 2008): Harris looks at the background, intrigue, turns and twists, rivalry, and unapologetic joys surrounding that gold medal.
Midwest Book Review (Feb. 2nd, 2008): A distinguished tribute to the journalists who labored to bring the truth to light and help make America better place to live
Other Commentary on Pulitzer's Gold
David V. Mitchell, retired editor of the Pulitzer Prize winning Point Reyes Light (March 2008): Seeing history through newsmen’s eyes…. or the pen is mightier than the pigs
Editor & Publisher Magazine uses Pulizer's Gold to introduce the 2008 Pulitzer Prize season.
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