Jonathan Eig discusses ‘Ali’ on Jan. 9

The Society of Midland Authors presents
Jonathan Eig discussing his book Ali: A Life
6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
at the Harold Washington Library Center,

400 S. State St., Chicago.
— No advance registration is required.
— Free and open to the public.


Muhammad Ali (1946-2016) was one of the most influential athletes in American history – a three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world who fought with his mouth and mind, as well as with his fists. Ali called himself “The Greatest,” and many agreed. He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the brashest, the baddest, the fastest, the loudest, the rashest. Now comes the first complete, unauthorized biography of one of the 20th century’s most fantastic figures. Based on more than 500 interviews with almost all of Ali’s surviving associates, and enhanced by the author’s discovery of thousands of pages of FBI records and newly uncovered Ali interviews from the 1960s, this is the stunning portrait of a man who became a legend.

According to The Washington Post’s review, “Jonathan Eig’s Ali: A Life is the first comprehensive biography worthy of this titanic figure. And People Magazine called the book “revelatory.”

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he remains a contributing writer.

His first book was Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (2005), a finalist the Society of Midland Authors Award for biography. Since then, he has written Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season (2007); Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster (2010); and The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution (2014), which won the Society of Midland Authors Award for nonfiction.

Eig is working with Ken Burns and Florentine Films in making a documentary about Muhammad Ali. For more information on the book, visit