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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jonathan Eig  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1964 in Brooklyn, New York


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Illinois Connection

Eig has lived in Chicago since the early eighties. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jonathan Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he remains a contributing writer. He has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Slate.com, among others. Prior to The Wall Street Journal, Eig 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 has taught writing at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern. He has spoken to audiences at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Harvard Medical School, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He has also appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and in two Ken Burns documentaries: Prohibition and Jackie Robinson.

Currently, Eig is working with Burns and Florentine Films in making a documentary on Muhammad Ali. He is also working with CBS on an Ali miniseries based on his book.


Awards

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 non-fiction books of the year by The Wall Street Journal. 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. The Birth of the Pill - A Chicago Tribune

Best Books of 2014

• A Slate

Best Books 2014: Staff Picks

• A St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Best Books of 2014

• A New York Times “Editors Choice”Ali: A Life - 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, The Times Sports Biography of the Year

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ali :
ISBN: 0544435249. OCLC Number: 967029661

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"Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali's closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a thrilling story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century."--

Ali :
ISBN: 1328505693. OCLC Number: 1016752043

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The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali's inner circle. He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us over and over again). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century's greatest radicals and most compelling figures. At his funeral in 2016, eulogists said Ali had transcended race and united the country, but they got it wrong. Race was the theme of Ali's life. He insisted that America come to grips with a black man who wasn't afraid to speak out or break the rules. He didn't overcome racism. He called it out. I am America, he once declared. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me--black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me. 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. He also had access to thousands of pages of new FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Jonathan Eig's Ali breaks bold new ground, revealing Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Ali is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world--

Get Capone :
ISBN: 141658059X. OCLC Number: 424555565

Simon & Schuster,. .

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.

Get capone :
ISBN: 9781439199893. OCLC Number: 892931854

Simon & Schuster,. .

The real story of how the federal government finally apprehended and convicted America's most notorious criminal, Al Capone. Drawing on 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 infamous criminal in rich new detail. From the moment he arrived in Chicago in 1920, Capone found himself in a world with limitless opportunity. Within a few years Capone controlled an illegal bootlegging business with annual revenue rivaling that of some of the nation's largest corporations. Along the way he corrupted the Chicago police force and local courts while becoming one of the world's first international celebrities. Legend credits Eliot Ness and his Untouchables with apprehending Capone, but Eig shows that this wasn't so. In Get Capone, the man known as Scarface emerges as a complex man, doomed as much by his ego as by his vicious criminality. This is the real Al Capone.

Luckiest man :
ISBN: 0743268938. OCLC Number: 56685155

Simon & Schuster,. .

Recounts the life of the Hall of Fame ballplayer whose career was cut short by the disease now commonly called after him, in a portrait that shares details about his rivalry with Babe Ruth, the onset of his illness, and the final years of his life.

Opening day :
ISBN: 0743294610. OCLC Number: 175285156

Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,. .

A chronicle of the 1947 baseball season during which Jackie Robinson broke the race barrier is a sixtieth anniversary tribute based on interviews with Robinson's wife, daughter, and teammates.

The birth of the pill :
ISBN: 0393351890. OCLC Number: 903194855

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We know it simply as "the pill," yet its genesis was anything but simple. The Birth of the Pill revolves around four principal characters. Fiery feminist Margaret Sanger, was a champion of birth control in her campaign for the rights of women, but neglected her own children in pursuit of free love. The beautiful Katharine McCormick owed her fortune to her wealthy husband, the son of the founder of International Harvester and a schizophrenic. The visionary scientist Gregory Pincus, was dismissed by Harvard in the 1930s as a result of his experimentation with in vitro fertilization but, after he was approached by Sanger and McCormick, grew obsessed with the idea of inventing a drug that could stop ovulation. The telegenic John Rock was a Catholic doctor from Boston who battled his own church to become an enormously effective advocate in the effort to win public approval for the drug that would be marketed by Searle as Enovid. Spanning the years from Sanger's heady Greenwich Village days in the early twentieth century to trial tests in Puerto Rico in the 1950s to the cusp of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, this is a grand story of radical feminist politics, scientific ingenuity, establishment opposition, and, ultimately, a sea change in social attitudes.

The birth of the pill :
ISBN: 9781447234814. OCLC Number: 939856967

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