Jonathan Eig (born April 26, 1964) is an American author.
His first newspaper job was with the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, and he remains a contributing writer there. Eig has also written for "The New York Times", Esquire, The New Republic, Men's Health, and other publications. He writes a monthly sports column for Chicago Magazine.
In 2005, he published his first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, which the New York Times Book Review said "stands in the first rank of sports biographies." In 2007, he published Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, which was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Sports Illustrated. In 2010, he published Get Capone, which Ken Burns called "fresh and utterly dazzling" and the New York Times Book Review called a "gore-spattered thriller."
Eig has taught writing at Columbia College Chicago and lectures at Northwestern. He has spoken to audiences on various topics in the United States, including as the keynote speaker at the 2005 Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He has also traveled the country speaking to organizations raising money for the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and was honored on the field at Yankee Stadium for his work in raising awareness of the disease.
His most recent book, "Get Capone", is based on newly released IRS records and thousands of pages of never-before-released Justice Department files on the investigation of Al Capone. Get Capone was released April 27, 2010, by Simon & Schuster. The New York Times Book Review called it a "blood-spattered thriller." It received a review from Publishers Weekly and reviews in dozens of newspapers. Eig appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in May 2010.
On January 12, 2010, the Chicago Police Department reopened the 1939 murder case of Edward O'Hare to set the record straight about the role O’Hare played in Capone’s conviction based on documents uncovered by Eig and detailed in "Get Capone."
In 2012, Eig and Solomon Lieberman launched "ChicagoSide Sports", an online sports magazine.
- Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (2005)
- Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season (2007)
- Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster (2010)
- "CASEY Award". Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine.
- Get Capone official website
- Jonathan Eig official website
- Essay on biographies by Jonathan Eig
- Jonathan Eig on Simon & Schuster website
- Eig interview by Tavis Smiley
- Excerpt from Get Capone and audio interview with Eig