2001: James Allen & George Packer
Without Sanctuary / Blood of the Liberals
2001: James Allen & George Packer

The 2001 RFK Book Award was presented to James Allen for Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America and George Packer for Blood of the Liberals. James Allen’s Without Sanctuary is a chilling collection of photographs of lynchings that bring the horrors of the past to life. George Packer’s Blood of the Liberals skillfully blends his family history with the story of liberalism in America, resulting in a moving portrait of idealism and its inevitable collision with reality.

James Allen is a collector who uncovered a grisly trove of postcards and souvenir photographs of lynchings that became the subject of Without Sanctuary.

George Packer is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has contributed numerous articles, essays, and reviews to the New York Times MagazineDissentMother JonesHarper’s, and other publications. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2001-02, and has taught writing at Harvard, Bennington, and Columbia. His most recent book is The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America