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Book awards: Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

Book awards by cover

Works (79)

March: Books 1-3 by John Lewis
Civilities and Civil Rights : Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom by William H. Chafe1981
Drylongso: A Self-Portrait of Black America by John Langston GwaltneyHonorable Mention, 1981
Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence & Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley by John GaventaHonorable Mention, 1981
The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency (Phoenix Book) by Anthony M. PlattWinner, 1982
The Pursuit of a Dream by Janet Sharp HermannWinner, 1982
The Fate of the Earth by Jonathan SchellHonorable Mention, 1983
Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Stephen B. OatesWinner, 1983
Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy by Jules TygielHonorable Mention, 1984
Children of War by Roger RosenblattWinner, 1984
The Crucible of Race: Black-White Relations in the American South since Emancipation by Joel WilliamsonHonorable Mention, 1985
A Rage for Order: Black-White Relations in the American South since Emancipation (Galaxy Books) by Joel WilliamsonHonorable Mention, 1985
Sitting in Darkness: Americans in the Philippines by David Haward BainHonorable Mention, 1985
Weakness & Deceit: U.S. Policy and El Salvador by Raymond BonnerWinner, 1985
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony LukasWinner, 1986
Reaping the Whirlwind: The Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee by Robert J. NorrellWinner, 1986
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. GarrowWinner, 1987
The Political Life of Children by Robert ColesHonorable Mention, 1987
When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution by Elizabeth BeckerHonorable Mention, 1987
Beloved by Toni MorrisonWinner, 1988
The brutality of nations by Dan JacobsHonorable Mention, 1988
Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement by Mary King1988
Song in a Weary Throat: Memoir of an American Pilgrimage by Pauli MurrayWinner, 1988
A Bright Shining Lie I by Neil Sheehan1989
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil SheehanWinner, 1989
Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America by Jonathan KozolWinner, 1989
Within Our Reach: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage by Lisbeth SchorrHonorable Mention, 1989
Among Schoolchildren by Tracy KidderWinner, 1990
Big Sugar: Seasons in the Canefields of Florida by Alec WilkinsonWinner, 1990
The Crosswinds of Freedom by James MacGregor BurnsHonorable Mention, 1990
The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest by Andrew RevkinWinner, 1991
The Long Haul: An Autobiography by Myles HortonWinner, 1991
Life in the Ghetto by Anika D. ThomasSpecial Recognition, 1992
Praying for Sheetrock: A Work of Nonfiction by Melissa Fay GreeneWinner, 1992
The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America by Nicholas LemannHonorable Mention, 1992
When the Bough Breaks: The Cost of Neglecting Our Children by Sylvia Ann HewlettHonorable Mention, 1992
Earth in the Balance by Al GoreWinner, 1993
In My Place by Charlayne Hunter-GaultHonorable Mention, 1993
Rethinking Social Policy: Race, Poverty, and the Underclass by Christopher JencksHonorable Mention, 1993
Taming the Storm by Jack BassWinner, 1994
Speak Now Against The Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South by John EgertonWinner, 1995
Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High by Melba Pattillo BealsRunner-Up, 1995
Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, And Justice In A Southern Town by Pete EarleyWinner, 1996
The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics by Dan T. CarterWinner, 1996
Worse than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice by David M. Oshinsky1997
Race, Crime, and the Law by Randall KennedyWinner, 1998
The Soldiers' Tale: Bearing Witness to a Modern War by Samuel HynesWinner, 1998
The Children by David HalberstamDistinguished Honor, 1999
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John LewisWinner, 1999
With Liberty For Some: 500 Years of Imprisonment in America by Scott ChristiansonDistinguished Honor, 1999
Mandela: The Authorized Biography by Anthony SampsonWinner, 2000
No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City by Katherine S. NewmanWinner, 2000
Blood of the Liberals by George PackerWinner, 2001
Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America by James AllenWinner, 2001
American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm by Gail Lumet BuckleyWinner, 2002
Brotherhoods of Color : Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality by Eric ArnesenWinner, 2002
"A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha PowerWinner, 2003
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America by Philip DrayWinner, 2003
Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America by Mamie Till-MobleySpecial Recognition, 2004
Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty by Scott Turow2004
Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R. StoneWinner, 2005
We Are All the Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love by Jim WootenWinner, 2005
Children At War by P. W. SingerDistinguished Honors, 2006
Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws That Changed America by Nick KotzDistinguished Honors, 2006
Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin by John Hope FranklinWinner, 2006
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 by Taylor BranchDistinguished Honors, 2007
The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas Brinkley2007
Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign by Michael K. Honey2008
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer2009
Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History by Karl JacobyHonorable Mention, 2009
Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court by Amy Bach2010
Zeitoun by Dave EggersDistinguished Honor, 2010
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis2011
The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics (The Norton Series in World Politics) by Kathryn Sikkink2012
The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph E. StiglitzWinner, 2013
The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind--and Changed the History of Free Speech in America by Thomas Healy2014
The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Miriam Pawel2015
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss2016
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl2020

Award description

Each year the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial celebrates the book which most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purposes, his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity.


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