1984: Roger Rosenblatt
Children of War / Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy
1984: Roger Rosenblatt

The 1984 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was presented to Roger Rosenblatt for Children of War. Based on a Special Report Rosenblatt wrote for Time magazine, Children of War reveals the beliefs, hopes, and fears of children caught in the fury of war through on-the-spot interviews with children in five war zones: Northern Ireland, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Thailand, and Hong Kong.

Robert Rosenblatt is the Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University. A former literary editor and columnist for The New Republic and former essayist for Time magazine, Rosenblatt is the author of seventeen books and has written six off-Broadway plays. For his written work he has received numerous literary awards and honors.

Honorable Mention: Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy by Jules Tygiel

In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, Jules Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinson's crossing of baseball's color line. Examining the social and historical context of Robinson's introduction into white organized baseball, both on and off the field, Tygiel also tells the often neglected stories of other African-American players--such as Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron--who helped transform our national pastime into an integrated game. Drawing on dozens of interviews with players and front office executives, contemporary newspaper accounts, and personal papers, Tygiel provides the most telling and insightful account of Jackie Robinson's influence on American baseball and society.