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You have found the online home of John Eisenberg, the Baltimore-based author and sportswriter. This is the place to learn about John’s books, buy them, track his latest columns and opinions, check out his blog, and get in touch with him.

Big news: John’s latest (and tenth overall) book is being published on October 9, 2018. The title is The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire. Set mostly in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, it’s about the first generation of influential team owners, all now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and how they worked together to keep the league alive when it was a third-rate, failing enterprise, eventually setting it up to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

Book industry reviewers are offering high praise for The League. Kirkus Reviews gave it a “starred” review, signifying a standout effort, and called it a “rich history” that was “thoroughly researched and gracefully told.” Publisher’s Weekly wrote that it was ”enlightening and fascinating” and “puts a nearly century-old story into contemporary context.” Booklist suggested that “fans who only know the league as it exists today will be shocked and fascinated by its early years.”

The publisher is Basic Books.

In 2017 John published one of his most decorated books, The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, and Baseball's Most Historic Record. More than four years in the making, the book is an in-depth examination of baseball's Iron Man record, which Gehrig and Ripken made famous. It was a finalist for the Casey Award, which honors the best baseball book of the year, and it was short-listed for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting, which honors the best sports books of the year.

Aside from his work an author, John also has his feet planted in the current sports world. Since 2012, he has worked as the columnist at baltimoreravens.com, the official site of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. This job marks his return to opinion-writing in a market in which he was the lead columnist for The Baltimore Sun for two decades. John posts two columns per week on the site, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and also writes postgame analysis.

You can check out what he has to say on Twitter, where he posts regularly.

No matter if he is writing about a famous football coach, a heartbroken horse racing 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 previous book topics include 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.

A native Texan, John graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and began his writing career at the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald in 1979. He came to Baltimore around the time when the Colts left and the Orioles last won the World Series – yes, awhile ago. From 1987 through 2007, he was a Baltimore Sun columnist, hopping the globe to cover such major events as the Super Bowl, World Series, Kentucky Derby, Final Four, Masters, Olympics, Wimbledon and soccer’s World Cup.

Come on in, check out his work -- and enjoy.