Tony Horwitz is a nonfiction author, most recently of Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (Henry Holt, 2002), a historical travelogue around the Pacific in the wake of Captain Cook. His other books include Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (Pantheon, 1998), about Civil War memory in the contemporary South, and Baghdad Without a Map, and Other Misadventures in Arabia (E. P. Dutton, 1991), on the Middle East. He is also a journalist who has worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and a staff writer for the New Yorker.
At Radcliffe, Horwitz hopes to complete “A Voyage Long and Strange,” about early European exploration of the New World. The book retraces the journeys of Vikings, conquistadors, English colonists, and French explorers and focuses on first contact with Native Americans. Mixing history and travel, the book also examines how early explorers are remembered and debated today.
Horwitz earned a BA in history at Brown University and an MS in journalism at Columbia University. His awards include the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series on working conditions in low-wage America and the 1991 Overseas Press Club Award for best daily newspaper reporting for coverage of the first Gulf War. He has also worked as a union organizer in Mississippi and produced a TV documentary about Southern timber workers, Mississippi Wood, which aired on PBS.