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Our Pulitzer Prize-winner’s new book

Book cover for Busted.
March 10, 2014

“Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love,” by Pulitzer Prize-winners Wendy Ruderman ’91 and her reporting partner Barbara Laker, hits bookstores today.

The gripping narrative, published by HarperCollins, expands on the Philadelphia Daily News series of stories that exposed widespread corruption in the city’s narcotics division and earned the two investigative reporters journalism’s top prize for investigative reporting.

With Ruderman as the narrator, the book not only chronicles how the women relied on few resources besides their grit and tenacity to break the stories but also provides perspective on the declining newspaper industry and the importance of journalism’s role as the watchdog of government.

Listed in the authors’ acknowledgements are two more familiar names: Lisa Breslin, associate dean of student academic life, and Cullen Murray-Kemp ’12, both of whom were among those who offered feedback on early drafts. They and the other first-readers “provided candid input, sometimes painfully so, but saved us from ourselves,” the authors write.

“Busted” is already attracting positive buzz, with raves from USA Today and authors including Mark Bowden of “Black Hawk Down” and crime novelist Edna Buchanan.