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.
The Ali book is popping up in stores, mailboxes and bake sales. Tweet me a pic if you see it. https://t.co/1gYYoPlE0m
by @jonathaneig - 4 hours ago
Ali was the most hated man in America when he took his stand. Don't forget that. Read @tanehisicoates--his tweets and his books.
by @jonathaneig - 7 hours ago
RT @tanehisicoates: Fools out here like Ali was polling at 80 percent while protesting the War. Or most white Alabamans thought bus boycott…
RT @MaxBoot: Trump a lot tougher on Colin Kaepernick than on Vladimir Putin. Protesting American anthem: bad. Subverting American democracy…
by @jonathaneig - yesterday
@KingJames @StephenCurry30 Fist bump from @MuhammadAli to @KingJames. https://t.co/DyHCmoZCt9
jonathaneig - 9 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 - 10 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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