BU Journalism Prof Tops New York Times Bestsellers List

13HoursCoverMitchell Zuckoff is number one with a BU-llet. The Boston University journalism professor’s non-fiction tome 13 Hours, based on interviews with a half-dozen security personnel involved in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, hit number one this weekend on the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers list.

The proud prof and Pulitzer winner finalist spoke to Mina Corpuz, associate news editor of BU student newspaper The Daily Press. In the article, he receives praise from a pair of colleagues:

“Most of the professors continue to be practitioners,” journalism school chair William McKeen said in an email. “They love to teach, and they love to continue to report and write, make films, deliver commentary on politics, and in other ways remain in the game… One of the cool things about all this is that the guy with the No. 1 book on the non-fiction list is teaching our beginning journalism course this semester. That course assignment was his request…”

Richard Lehr, a journalism professor in COM, said the book is a shining example of the skills Zuckoff and his colleagues teach COM students and how to apply those skills in their professional lives. “It’s good to be doing what you’re trying to teach, so everyone benefits,” he said.

Zuckoff’s six previous non-fiction books cover a wide range of topics, from World War II to Carlos Ponzi to Robert Altman. The professor has been on the NYT bestseller lists before, but this is the first time he has reached the top spot. Well done.

[Jacket cover courtesy: Hachette Book Group]

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