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.
Roxane Gay on the Traumas of the Body https://t.co/x5qpF7NRhv Another great review. Strong week for the #NYTBR.
by @jonathaneig - yesterday
@JamesGavinBooks That's one terrific book review. Well done, sir. https://t.co/GQpmzPNBQw On a lark, I went to Vaughan's funeral.
A New Biography Looks at Sarah Vaughan, the Singer Known as Sassy https://t.co/IZ5RaooYFK Really nicely written review by James Gavin.
@jpballnut That's good, Capone-style parenting, for sure!
Sports Rewind: Muhammad Ali lights the 1996 Olympic torch https://t.co/pWJRCJxg1Z @AlitheBook
by @jonathaneig - 2 days ago
jonathaneig - 7 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 - 8 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 - one year 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.
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