John Feinstein

John Feinstein graduated from Duke University in 1977. He worked at the Washington Post for 11 years as both a political and sports reporter. He has also worked at Sports Illustrated and at the National Sports Daily. John is the author of a number of bestselling sports books, including LIVING ON THE BLACK, TALES FROM Q SCHOOL, THE PUNCH, THE LAST AMATEURS, A CIVIL WAR, A SEASON ON THE BRINK, and sports mystery novels for young readers. He currently writes for The Washington Post, Washington and Golf Digest, and is a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” Feinstein lives in Maryland.

John Feinstein

Books by John Feinstein

by John Feinstein - Nonfiction, Sports

On March 18, 1980, the immensely powerful Duke basketball program announced the hiring of its new coach --- the man who would resurrect the team, restore glory to Duke and defeat the legendary Dean Smith, who coached down the road at UNC Chapel Hill and had turned UNC into a powerhouse. The table was set nine days later, when on March 27, 1980, Jim Valvano was hired by North Carolina State to be their new head coach. In the skillful hands of John Feinstein, this extraordinary rivalry --- and the men behind it --- come to life in a unique, intimate way. THE LEGENDS CLUB is a sports book that captures an era in American sport and culture, documenting the inside view of a decade of absolutely incredible competition.

by John Feinstein - Nonfiction, Sports

WHERE NOBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME takes readers inside the gritty, no-frills, high-stakes world of Triple-A baseball, which serves simultaneously as a launching pad for superstar careers and as a crash-landing pad for stars who have fallen. Introducing us to eight men --- two pitchers, three position players, two managers, and one umpire --- John Feinstein tells the riveting stories of those who are on the cusp of greatness.

by John Feinstein - Fiction, Sports, Young Adult 12+

Terrell Jamerson is the #1 high school basketball player in the country, and everyone says he could play in the NBA tomorrow. He's living the dream, right? Danny Wilcox would tell you a different story. Danny is Terrell's best friend and teammate, and a top prospect himself. But he sees that not all of the people buzzing around Terrell have his best interests at heart. It's a dirty game, but Terrell will have to learn to play if he wants his chance at a slam dunk.

by John Feinstein - Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 10+

Susan Carol isn’t a reporter--- she’s an Olympian, competing as a swimmer at her first Olympic games.  With all the agents, sponsors, and media wanting to get up close and personal with Susan, Stevie Thomas is worried about how far they might go to ensure that America’s Olympic darling wins the gold.

text by John Feinstein, photographs by Walter Iooss - Biography, Nonfiction

Over a more-than-50-year career, Palmer amassed a truly impressive record --- 92 worldwide titles, four Masters championships, a U.S. Open crown, and back-to-back British Open victories. A moving essay by Feinstein, coupled with Iooss’s stunning images and a small, giftable trim size, makes this portable companion the perfect gift for any golf fan.

by John Feinstein - Nonfiction, Sports

John Feinstein goes behind the scenes of his reporting from The Final Four, Wimbledon, The US Open, the Army/Navy game, the Olympics, and more, opening up sports' most private, closed-door places and sharing exclusive stories from the reporting of his previous books.