J. Anthony Lukas was a prize-winning journalist and author. After graduating from Harvard, he worked for the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times. During his stint at the Times, he won his first Pulitzer Prize for a 1967 article titled “The Two Worlds of Linda Fitzpatrick,” the story of a young woman who grew up in wealthy Greenwich, Connecticut and died in a hippie commune. In 1972, he quit his job to write books full-time. Among his books are:

Don’t Shoot – We Are Your Children;
The Barnyard Epithet and Other Conspiracies;
Nightmare: The Underside of the Nixon Years;
Common Ground, which explores the busing crisis in Boston and won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize;
Big Trouble, which was published posthumously, covers the conflicts between radical unionists and mining interests in early-20th century Idaho.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Lukas also won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and the American Book Award. He also coined the euphemismbarnyard epithet”. In June of 1997, he committed suicide.

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