Books by John Eisenberg

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John Eisenberg grew up with books in his hands - his first summer job was at his mother's bookstore in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he wrote for newspapers for almost three decades, mostly as a sports columnist at The Baltimore Sun covering major events such as the Super Bowl, Final Four, World Series, Kentucky Derby, and soccer's World Cup while also paying attention to his hometown teams - the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, and Maryland Terrapins. Along the way he wrote 3,000 columns and won more than 20 awards, including several first-places in the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

He also has written for Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian Magazine, and Details, and before working in Baltimore. spent five years with the Dallas Times Herald.

No matter if he is writing about a famous football coach, a heartbroken jockey, or a pitcher who wins 20 games, John is known for unearthing original stories and bringing them to life with his clear-eyed analysis and lively narrative style. His book topics have included the start of Vince Lombardi's dynasty in Green Bay, the history of the Baltimore Orioles, his experience as a young fan of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, the tragic breakdown of the horse Barbaro, and an outrageous North-South horse race that captivated the nation in 1823.

John lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Ten-Gallon War: The NFL's Cowboys, the AFL's Texans, and the Feud for Dallas's Pro Football Future
by John Eisenberg
In the 1960s, on the heels of the “Greatest Game Ever Played,” professional football began to flourish across the country—except in Texas, where college football was still the only game in town. But in an unlikely series of events, two young oil tycoons started their own professional football franchises in Dallas the very same...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Sports & Outdoors
That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory
by John Eisenberg
John Eisenberg's That First Season is the seldom-studied prequel to a phenomenal football career for Vince Lombardi and the Packers, drawing on exhaustive new research and interviews to tell an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town, and their leader.   The once-vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughing stock by the late...
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Categories: All Sports & Outdoors; History
The Great Match Race: When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle
by John Eisenberg
The Great Match Race is a captivating account of America's first sports spectacle, a horse race that pitted North against South in three grueling heats. On a bright afternoon in May 1823, an unprecedented sixty thousand people showed up to watch two horses run the equivalent of nine Kentucky Derbys in a few hours' time. Eclipse was the...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Sports & Outdoors
The Longest Shot: Lil E. Tee and the Kentucky Derby
by John Eisenberg
On the first Saturday in May every year in Louisville, Kentucky, shortly after 5:30 PM, a new horse attains racing immortality. The Kentucky Derby is like no other race, and its winners are the finest horses in the world. Covered in rich red roses, surrounded by flashing cameras and admiring crowds, these instant celebrities bear names...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Sports & Outdoors
Native Dancer: The Grey Ghost Hero of a Golden Age
by John Eisenberg
In the early 1950s, a rising star flickered across millions of black-and-white TV sets.
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Sports & Outdoors
Chronicles of a Dallas Cowboys Fan: Growing Up With America's Team in the 1960s
by John Eisenberg
For sportswriter John Eisenberg growing up in Dallas in the 1960s, the NFL's Cowboys and their concrete Cotton Bowl stadium loomed larger than life. It mattered little that these were not the perennial Super Bowl contenders or the celebrity-driven assemblage of later years. While wins were scarce, there was no lack of characters to...
Today's Price: $4.99
Categories: All Nonfiction; All Sports & Outdoors
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