I don’t pay as much attention to the Pulitzer Prizes as I did when I was a journalist. Now I mainly look at the literary awards, although my experience has been that Pulitzer winners are generally fairly serious tomes, particularly the non-fiction.
Anyway, the 2005 winners were announced today and include:
FICTION, Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
HISTORY, Washington’s Crossing, David Hackett Fischer
BIOGRAPHY, de Kooning: An American Master, Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
GENERAL NON-FICTION, Ghost Wars, Steve Coll
The only one I’ve read is Ghost Wars, a thorough yet quite readable history of America’s involvement in Afghanistan and its impact on Islamic radicals. I note, though, that both Gilead and the de Kooning biography also won Book Critics Circle awards in the same categories. Unlike the NBCC awards, Bob Dylan’s autobiography was not among the finalists for the Pulitzer.