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Jonathan Eig

Biography

Jonathan Eig

Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a "master storyteller." Eig is the author of five books, three of them New York Times bestsellers. He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he remains a contributing writer. Eig has also written for The New York TimesThe New Yorker and The Washington Post, among others. Prior to The Wall Street Journal, he worked as a feature writer for Chicago magazine and as a news reporter for The Dallas Morning News and The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Eig's books have been published in 13 languages. His first book, LUCKIEST MAN: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award for best baseball book of the year. ALI was named winner of PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting; best book of the year by Sports Illustrated; and one of the ten best nonfiction books of the year by The Wall Street Journal. Ali won best biography and best overall book in the British Sports Book Awards. It also won the award for best biography or memoir from the Society of Midland Authors. It was a finalist for Mark Lynton History Prize; the Plutarch Award; the William Hill Award; the James Tait Black Award for biography; an L.A. Times Book Award for biography; and an NAACP Image Award.

Eig has appeared on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, and in two Ken Burns documentaries: "Prohibition" and "Jackie Robinson." He is currently working with Burns and Florentine Films on a Muhammad Ali documentary. His next book will be a biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jonathan Eig

Books by Jonathan Eig

by Jonathan Eig - Biography, Nonfiction, Sports

Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay in racially segregated Louisville, Kentucky. He went on to become a heavyweight boxer with a dazzling mix of power and speed, a warrior for racial pride, a comedian, a preacher, a poet, a draft resister, an actor and a lover. Millions hated him when he changed his religion and his name, and refused to fight in the Vietnam War. He fought his way back, winning hearts, but at great cost. Jonathan Eig sheds important new light on Ali’s politics, religion, personal life and neurological condition through unprecedented access to all the key people in Ali’s life, more than 500 interviews, and thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files and audiotaped interviews from the 1960s.

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.