James Zug is an award-winning historian and journalist. He received a masters in nonfiction writing from Columbia in 1999. A long-time correspondent for the Boston Globe, he has written for the  Atlantic, New CriterionTin House, Tennis Week, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and Friends Journal. A former book review columnist for Outside, he has reviewed books for the Wall Street JournalDaily Beast, Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Boston Book Review and Fast Company. Having written a bi-weekly blog at Vanity Fair, he blogs now at

He is the author of six books: a history of U.S. squash (Scribner, 2003); a history of a century-old Quaker summer community in Pennsylvania (privately published, 2004); a biography of John Ledyard (Basic Books, 2005) that was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review; a history of the Guardian, a Cape Town anti-apartheid newspaper (Michigan State, 2007); a history of Sidwell Friends School (privately published, 2008); and Run to the Roar, a book about leadership and mentoring through the life story of the winningest coach in U.S. collegiate history. He also edited John Ledyard’s collected writings (National Geographic, 2005). His fiction appeared in the anthology Stress City: A Big Book of Fiction By 51 DC Guys (Paycock Press, 2008).

James Zug can be contacted at jameszug {at} gmail dot com.

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