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Jonathan Eig is the author of five books, three of them New York Times best sellers. He is a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal. His most recent book is "Ali: A Life," hailed as an "epic" by Joyce Carol Oates in her New York Times review. His previous books are: "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig;" "Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season;" "Get Capone;" and "The Birth of the Pill." He is now at work with Ken Burn on a PBS documentary about the life of Muhammad Ali.

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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 took a lot of heat when I said Al Capone probably had nothing to do with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. I also got a lot of angry emails and letters when I said

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“I am America,” Clay will proudly declare. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me”
Jonathan Eig, Ali: A Life

“Scottish philosopher William Drummond, read: “He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot reason is a fool; he who dares not reason is a slave.”
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“This is when the pill became widely known as The Pill, perhaps the only product in American history so powerful that it needed no name. Women went to their doctors and said they wanted it. They wanted The Pill. Some of them might still have been uncomfortable talking about birth control. Others might have been unsure of its brand name. But The Pill was The Pill because it was the only one that mattered, the one everyone was talking about, the one they needed.”
Jonathan Eig, The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

“Doctors would only prescribe birth control in the most dire of circumstances, and even then, what form of birth control would they prescribe? There were no reliable options, except perhaps the condom. But condoms depended on the cooperation of men, and Sanger’s experience in the tenements of New York City told her that men didn’t mind six or seven children so long as they were able to enjoy sex when the mood struck them. Women were the ones dealing most with the consequences of sex, not only because they were the ones getting pregnant but also because they were the ones raising the children.”
Jonathan Eig, The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

“Greatness is a spiritual condition, worthy to excite love, interest, and admiration.”
Jonathan Eig, The Birth of the Pill: How Four Pioneers Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

“He loved baseball so much that he sometimes went home after a game, rounded up a few of the kids from the neighborhood, and played in the street until dark.”
Jonathan Eig, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

“The Gotham boys have a first baseman, Louis Gehrig, who is called the ‘Babe Ruth’ of the high schools,” wrote the Chicago Tribune.”
Jonathan Eig, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig




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