Outstanding Author

ASJA Writing Awards Recipients

Category = Outstanding Author

1998
Robert Kanigel
The One Best Way

1997
Kathryn Black
In the Shadow of Polio: A Personal and Social History

1996
Bernard Asbell
The Pill: A Biography of the Drug that Changed the World

1995
Alan Levy
The Weisenthal File

1994
Robin Marantz Henig
The Dancing Matrix: Voyages Along the Viral Frontier.

1993
Victoria Secunda
Women and Their Fathers: The Sexual and Romantic Impact of the First M

1992
Nancy Rubin
Isabella, Queen of Castile

1990
Thomas L. Friedman
From Beirut to Jerusalem (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

1989
Jonathan Kozol
Rachel and her Children

1988
Randy Shilts
And the Band Played On: People, Politics and the AIDS Epidemic

1987
Kitty Kelley
His Way

1986
John McPhee


1985
Flora Rheta Schreiber
The Shoemaker

1984
Isaac Asimov


1983
Alvin Toffler


1982
Betty Friedan
The Second Stage

1981
Norman Cousins
Anatomy of an Illness and body of work

1980
Barbara Tuchman
A Distant Mirror

1979
Theodore H. White


1978
Alex Haley
Roots
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    – Sidney Sheldon
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    – Andrew Jackson
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    – Richard Curtis
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    – Stephen King
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