James S. Hirsch

James S. Hirsch is former reporter for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of four nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestseller. Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter, which was the basis for the film of the same name starring Denzel Washington. Hirsch is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Amanda and Garrett. Born and raised in St. Louis, he remains a diehard Cardinal fan.

Books by this Author

Now in paperback, the “enormously entertaining and wide-ranging” (Seattle Times) authorized, definitive, New York Times bestselling (4 weeks on the list) biography of Willie Mays, the most complete baseball player of all time.Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball’s bold...

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Authorized by Willie Mays, the definitive biography of one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I live to write the perfect sentence.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The reporter in "Citizen Kane."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Pretentious language.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. honesty, humor, intelligence

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Stephen Dedalus

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