William Finnegan

William Finnegan is an American writer and journalist. He is best known for his work as a staff writer at The New Yorker and for his book 'Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life', which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 2016. Finnegan's writing often focuses on issues of international significance, including conflicts, poverty, and social issues, and he is recognized for his immersive reporting and storytelling skills.


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  1. 1. Crossing The Line

    "Crossing the Line" is a compelling narrative that explores the complexities of international politics and personal conviction. The book delves into the life of a journalist who becomes deeply involved in the tumultuous political landscapes of Southern Africa during the apartheid era. As he navigates the dangerous terrains of activism and reporting, he grapples with moral dilemmas and the risks of crossing both literal and figurative lines. The story is a profound reflection on the costs of commitment and the boundaries of political engagement, offering a nuanced perspective on the struggles and sacrifices involved in fighting for justice and change.

    The 7833rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

    "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life" is a memoir that chronicles the author's lifelong passion for surfing. The book takes readers on a journey from the author's childhood in California and Hawaii to his travels around the world in search of the perfect wave. Along the way, he experiences diverse cultures, faces danger and adventure, and examines his own character and motivations. The memoir is not just about surfing, but also a reflection on relationships, self-discovery, and the irresistible pull of the ocean.

    The 9919th Greatest Book of All Time