James Zug

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James Zug (born 1969) is an American writer. He is the author of six books.


He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Dartmouth College and has a masters in nonfiction writing from Columbia University School of the Arts.[citation needed] He has written for national magazines and newspapers, as well as for publications in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He has written for The Daily Beast [1] and for a time had a weekly blog on squash, the game, for Vanity Fair's online edition.[2] A former reader at The Paris Review, he is a senior writer at Squash Magazine.[3]

Zug has written an obituary on a South African communist;[4] a review of a travel book on Siberia;[5] a magazine article on the last player of an obscure racquet sport;[6] an essay on Quaker education;[7] an appreciation for Doris Lessing's forgotten first novel;[8] and an interview with a groundhog handler in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. His latest book is about a coach who has overcome tremendous adversity to lead his team to the all-time collegiate record for consecutive win streaks.

His fiction has appeared in the anthology Stress City: A Big Book of Fiction By 51 DC Guys (Paycock Press, 2008) ISBN 978-0-931181-27-6. He also appeared in South Africa's Resistance Press: Alternative Voices in the Last Generation Under Apartheid (Ohio University, 2000) ISBN 978-0-89680-213-1. He has edited and consulted on numerous books and films and has been a visiting writer at the MFA program at George Mason University.[citation needed]

He lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife.


  • Squash: A History of the Game (Scribner, 2003) ISBN 978-0-7432-2990-6
  • The Preserve (privately printed, 2004)
  • American Traveler: The Life & Adventures of John Ledyard (Basic Books, 2005) ISBN 978-0-465-09405-9
  • The Last Voyage of Captain Cook: The Collected Writings of John Ledyard (editor; National Geographic Society) ISBN 978-0-7922-9347-7
  • The Guardian: The History of South Africa's Extraordinary Anti-Apartheid Newspaper (Michigan State University Press and the University of South Africa Press, 2007) ISBN 978-0-87013-810-2
  • The Long Conversation: 125 Years of Sidwell Friends School (privately printed, 2008) [9] ISBN 978-0-615-17854-7
  • Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear (with Paul Assaiante; Penguin, 2010). ISBN 978-1-59184-364-1



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