|Born||1930 (age 85–86)|
|Alma mater||Rutgers University
From 1956 to 1993, Viorst often contributed in various ways to publications such as The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. His writing landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.
In the early 1980s, he grew interested in Middle Eastern policy and became a specialist in this field. He is the author of six books on the subject, including In the Shadow of The Prophet.
He is married to the children's author Judith Viorst, known for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. They have three grown sons: Anthony Jacob Viorst, an attorney practicing in the Denver, Colorado area; Nicholas Nathan "Nick" Viorst, an Assistant District Attorney for New York County, and Alexander Noah Viorst, who finances affordable apartment properties around the country.
In April 2016, Viorst will publish Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal with St. Martin's Press.
- “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” January 30, 1968 New York Post
- Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship
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