The Award is presented to the author of an aquatics- related book for which the book’s content has had a profound educational or entertaining impact on the aquatic disciplines or population in general.

Buck Dawson is the Founding Executive Director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and established the first book store for swimming located at the ISHOF. He is the author of eight books with subjects ranging from swimming to war to volcanoes. His books include: Saga of the All-American – The 82nd Airborne in World War II, A Civil War Artist at the Front, When the Earth Explodes, Michigan Ensian, All About Dryland Exercises for Swimmers, Weissmuller to Spitz – An Era to Remember, Gold Medal Pools, We Don’t Sew Beads on Belts – A History of Camps Chikopi and Ak-o-Mak.

Carolyn Wood (USA)

2019

Tough Girl: An Olympian’s Journey

Anthony Ervin (USA)

2018

Chasing Water: Elegy of An Olympian

Constantine Markides (USA)

2018

Chasing Water: Elegy of An Olympian

Karlyn Pipes (USA)

2016

The Do-Over

Tito Morales

2016

The Do-Over

Julie Checkoway

2016

The Three Year Swim Club

Jeff Farrell

2015

My Olympic Story: Rome 1960

Sheila Taormina

2015

Swim Speed Strokes for Swimmers and Triathletes

Barb Rosenstock

2015

Ben Franklin's Big Splash

Tim Dahlberg / Mary Ederle Ward / Brenda Greene

2010

AMERICA'S GIRL - The Incredible Story of How Swimmer Gertrude Ederle Changed the Nation

Robert E. Kerper, Jr. (USA)

2009

SPLASH! AQUATIC SHOWS FROM A TO Z Their art, planning and production plus aquatic history and trivia

Ernest W. Maglischo (USA)

2008

Swimming Fastest

Jeff Wiltse

2007

“Contested Waters: A History of Swimming Pools in America,” is a social, cultural, and institutional history of municipal swimming pools in the northern United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

BUCK DAWSON AUTHORS OF THE YEAR AWARD

1965 TO 2006

The Award is presented to the author of an aquatics- related book for which the book’s content has had a profound educational or entertaining impact on the aquatic disciplines or population in general.