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Jonathan Eig


Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig is the New York Times best-selling author of four books: LUCKIEST MAN, OPENING DAY, GET CAPONE, and, most recently, THE BIRTH OF THE PILL. He is currently working on a biography of Muhammad Ali.

Before writing books, Jonathan worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Chicago magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NBC’s "Today Show," "NPR," and in the Prohibition documentary made by Ken Burns for PBS. But what really impresses people is that he once appeared on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

Jonathan lives in Chicago with his wife and children.

Books by Jonathan Eig

by Jonathan Eig - Biography, Nonfiction, Sports

Ali went from being one of the most despised men in the country to one of the most beloved. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers, breaks new ground and radically reshapes our understanding of the slippery figure who was Muhammad Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali’s life, including his three surviving wives and his managers.

by Jonathan Eig - True Crime

Drawing on thousands of pages of recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and Al Capone’s handwritten personal letters, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the nation’s most notorious criminal in rich new detail.

by Jonathan Eig - Biography, Nonfiction, Sports

April 15, 1947, marked the most important opening day in baseball history. When Jackie Robinson stepped onto the diamond that afternoon at Ebbets Field, he became the first black man to break into major-league baseball in the twentieth century. Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front-and Robinson had a chance to lead the way. His swing was far from graceful. And he was assigned to play first base, a position he had never tried before that season. But the biggest concern was his temper. Robinson was an angry man who played an aggressive style of ball. In order to succeed he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration.

by Jonathan Eig - Biography, Entertainment, Nonfiction, Sports

Lou Gehrig was a baseball legend --- the Iron Horse, the stoic New York Yankee who was the greatest first baseman in history, a man whose consecutive-games streak was ended by a horrible disease that now bears his name. But as this definitive new biography makes clear, Gehrig’s life was more complicated --- and, perhaps, even more heroic --- than anyone really knew. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, Jonathan Eig’s LUCKIEST MAN shows us one of the greatest baseball players of all time as we’ve never seen him before.