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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. 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  and for a time had a weekly blog on squash, the game, for Vanity Fair's online edition. A former reader at The Paris Review, he is a senior writer at Squash Magazine.
Zug has written an obituary on a South African communist; a review of a travel book on Siberia; a magazine article on the last player of an obscure racquet sport; an essay on Quaker education; an appreciation for Doris Lessing's forgotten first novel; 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.
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)  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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- George Plimpton Award, United States Court Tennis Association, 2003
- Bronze Medal, Independent Book Publishers Award, 2008
- Official website
- Run to The Roar website
- Profile in The Northwest Current (Washington, DC)
- Interview on New Books in History