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Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig is a writer who has spent his career covering the fascinating lives of famous figures, but in so doing has had a fascinating life of his own. Eig was a feature writer for Chicago magazine and a reporter for the Dallas Morning News and the New Orleans Times-Picayune before becoming a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal. His writing has been featured in a number of other magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, and the Washington Post. Eig has taught writing at Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago, has traveled as a speaker, and appeared in documentaries and television. His book Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (2005) won a Casey Award for best baseball book. He is also the author of Opening Day; The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season (2008), Get Capone; The Secret Plot that Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster (2011), and The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution (2014). His latest book is a biography of the late great boxer and activist Muhammad Ali, Ali, A Life.

New York Times' review of The Birth of the Pill

Cover reveal of Ali, A Life on Entertainment Weekly