Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
"Wishing for a never-end of this book"
William Finnegan has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. His books include Dateline Soweto, A Complicated War, and Cold New World, all of which grew out of articles for the magazine. In his July 25th New Yorker piece, "The Terrorism Beat", he wrote about how the N.Y.P.D., under Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, is working to prevent terrorist attacks.