Jonathan Eig, a former senior special reporter at the Wall Street Journal, is the author of several highly acclaimed books, two of which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award for best baseball book of 2005; his second book, Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, was named one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated, and The Washington Post. In his third book, Get Capone Eig discovered thousands of pages of new material on Capone, affirming his trustworthy reporting reputation in what The New York Times called a 'multifaceted portrait,' a 'gore-spattered thriller,' and 'as much a dark history of urban America between the world wars as it is another mobster's life story.' And in The Birth of the Pill, Eig again tackles an enormous volume of unexamined personal correspondence in an original and richly-textured narrative.
We spoke to Jonathan Eig, author of The Birth of the Pill, about a 1950s sexual revolution, feminism, and how far we’ve come.
Muhammad Ali wanted Americans to understand Muslims, not ban them https://t.co/t6VTl1mr8V Now U.S. detains his son for having Muslim name.
by @jonathaneig - 18 hours ago
RT @greggjonesbooks: Looking forward to the definitive #MuhammadAli bio by @jonathaneig later this year. https://t.co/90rPK8dAHX via @Histo…
On #ThisDayInHistory in 1964, Clay knocks out Liston. Read More https://t.co/GbdLvt9O0Q via @History New details in my upcoming Ali bio.
White House Bars Times and 2 Other News Outlets From Briefing https://t.co/NHuT9envjj Cowardly and un-American!
by @jonathaneig - yesterday
A Place for Water Aerobics and Feeling Safe as American Jews https://t.co/4vDMN9XCYv
by @jonathaneig - 3 days ago
jonathaneig - 2 months ago
Saddened to hear about the passing of Howard Bingham, a dear friend of Muhammad Ali's and a wonderful photographer. We spent a day together in Los Angeles a couple of years ago and it seemed like we laughed more than we talked. When I transcribed the tapes of the interviews, it was embarrassing how little information I'd extracted. Easy to see why Ali loved this man.
Ring Magazine has retroactively named Muhammad Ali fighter of the year for 1966, after denying him the honor because of Ali's refusal to fight in Vietnam. In other news, I have named myself MVP of Super Bowl XXV.
jonathaneig - 3 months ago
My new book, ALI: A LIFE, the first complete, unauthorized biography of Muhammad Ali, is coming in 2017. George Foreman says this book's gonna be a knockout.
jonathaneig - 8 months ago
“It takes an Uncle Tom Negro to keep calling me by my slave name,” Muhammad Ali said after opponent Ernie Terrell continued referring to him as Cassius Clay.
During their historic fight, in 1966, Ali taunted Terrell, yelling, “What’s my name?” followed by a whistling left-right combination that made the question rhetorical. “What’s my name?” he spat again through his mouthpiece.
Muhammad Ali openly attacked American racism at a time when the nation’s black athletes and celebrities were expected to acquiesce, to thank the white power structure that gave them the opportunity to earn wealth and celebrity, and to otherwise keep their mouths shut.
Jackie and Me - 10 months ago
I’m excited to see how people react to the new Ken Burns documentary on Jackie Robinson–not only because I think it’s great work but also because I’m always curious to see how people respond when their myths are challenged. I … Continue reading →
Sing a Song of Birth Control - 2 years ago
Every good book needs its own theme song. Now, thanks to the songwriting talents of Steve Brooks and the voice of Jessica Shepherd, I’m proud to present the following anthem: My Pill
This Is It - 2 years ago
This is it, folks. Launch day for “The Birth of the Pill” is here. I’m excited. Maybe you’re excited. If you’re not excited, try reading these two great reviews, from The Wall Street Journal and New York Times. [Click on … Continue reading →
Should a Man Write About Feminism? - 2 years ago
Should a man write a book about women’s liberation? Does it matter that I’ve written books about baseball and gangsters prior to telling the story of the invention of the birth-control pill? I suspect I’ll be asked these questions often … Continue reading →
Meet Me in La Jolla…and Elsewhere - 2 years ago
My book tour for The Birth of the Pill is starting to shape up nicely. Here’s what I’ve got so far. Hope to see you on the road! Oct. 15: CHICAGO, 7 p.m., The Book Cellar (talk/signing) Oct. 21: … Continue reading →
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