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A surfing memoir already hailed as a classic won the inaugural Prix America for the best book published in or about the U.S. "Barbarian Days" has garnered reviews of which most writers can only dream and its author, New Yorker journalist William Finnegan, has won a Pulitzer prize for it.The prize is awarded by the French literary review, America, which has been set up to reflect the U.S. under Donald Trump. The author said that part of the book's popularity may be because his account stops before Trump's rise to power, which he described as a "catastrophe". The judges praised Finnegan – who has covered civil wars in Latin America, Sudan and the Balkans – for his acute understanding of the effect of American foreign policy.
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