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.
Wall Street Journal senior writer and columnist Jeffrey Zaslow, whose books include the best-selling The Last Lecture, written with Randy Pausch.
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.
Gene Roberts, co-winner 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History, and former executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and managing editor of the New York Times.
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.
As the 2010 Pulitzer Prize April announcement approached, Sir Harold Evans plugged Pulitzer's Gold in a blog post on The Daily Beast.
Here is what some others are saying about Pulitzer's Gold.
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.
St. Louis Journalism Review (Feb., 2008): New book recounts Post’s glory years
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 pigsEmerson College's JSONS (Feb., 2008): Roy Harris returns to Emerson with Pulitzer's Gold
Patriot Ledger (Jan. 17th, 2008): Digging for Pulitzer Gold - Hingham author tells the stories behind prize winners
Hingham Journal (Jan. 17th, 2008): Author gets rave reviews for 'Pulitzer' book
Columbia Tribune (Nov. 11th, 2007): The Gold Standard - A new book about Pulitzer prizes reveals the stories behind the stories
Editor & Publisher Magazine uses Pulizer's Gold to introduce the 2008 Pulitzer Prize season.
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