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.
God bless the Cubs for cutting my Trump news consumption. This really is a miracle season! #GoCubsGo #ImWithHer
by @jonathaneig - 14 hours ago
All of the above! https://t.co/QCtVxO6Erf
My 7-yr-old says Mozart was a girl. I'm gonna let that one go.
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by @jonathaneig - 5 days ago
With Rahaman Ali. https://t.co/nK9dJgfXio
jonathaneig - 4 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.
Going into his first title bout, the brash 22-year-old was widely regarded as a sports sideshow. Taking his cue from the wrestler Gorgeous George, he was already telling everyone that he was the best and the prettiest.
Many black Americans, even those who didn’t embrace the Nation of Islam, saw in Muhammad Ali a man who was willing to fight outside the ring.
“What white America demands in her black champions,” the Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver said, “is a brilliant, powerful body, and a dull, bestial mind—a tiger in the ring and a pussycat outside the ring.”
Ali changed that.
When I spoke with Ali's friends and fans last year, they knew each visit with The Greatest could be their last chance to see him.
Jackie and Me - 6 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 - one year 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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