Author Profile

Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig
Jonathan Eig is the New York Times best-selling author of four books: Luckiest Man, Opening Day, Get Capone. and, most recently, The Birth of the Pill. He is currently working on a biography of Muhammad Ali.

Before writing books, Jonathan worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Chicago magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, NPR, and in the Prohibition documentary made by Ken Burns for PBS. But what really impresses people is that he once appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Jonathan lives in Chicago with his wife and children.

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Reviews of The Birth of the Pill

Eig's nimbly paced cultural history shows that the pill's genesis was anything but simple.
-- Irin Carmon, New York Times

The Birth of the Pill is Eig's suspenseful, sometimes rollicking tale of a highly ambitious, iconoclastic yet single-minded ragtag quartet who, from 1950 to 1957, dreamed, plotted, manipulated, agitated, researched, begged, bluffed, boasted and spent its way toward its goal of creating and popularizing an easily administered and highly efficacious contraceptive for women.
-- Anna Holmes, Los Angeles Times

Aside from being a fascinating look into the evolution of medical practices, funding and ethics, 'The Birth of the Pill' is an intricate portrait of how completely women's reproductive lives are woven into our culture in disturbing and contradictory ways.
-- San Francisco Chronicle

Videos featuring Jonathan Eig

On The Daily Show