of Communications faculty member Michael Skube served as chairman
for the General Nonfiction jury for the 2005 Pulitzer Prizes, which
were announced April 4 by the The Pulitzer Prize Board at Columbia
University in New York.
which comprises distinguished journalists and academics, awarded
the prize this year to Steve Coll for "Ghost Wars: The Secret History
of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion
to Sept. 10, 2001." The two finalists in the category were "The
Devil's Highway," by Luis Alberto Urrea
and "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found," by Suketu Mehta.
The other members
of the General Nonfiction jury were Adam Hochschild, author and
professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and Frank
Wilson, book critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Skube, a past
winner of the prize for Criticism, has been a member of numerous
Pulitzer juries in recent years and the chairman of three.
details 20 years of largely covert American involvement in Afghanistan,
and the simultaneous formation of the al Qaeda terrorist organization.
Skube was quoted in an April 5 Washington Post article about Coll's
winning book. He told reporter Linton Weeks that Coll's book "Ghost
Wars" was "an extraordinary tour de force of reporting and quite
a narrative masterpiece." He added: "The reporting and the narrative
had no equal in the books we saw last year."
To read the
Post article, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26665-2005Apr4.html