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Shaun Assael is an award-winning journalist, author and television correspondent who covers politics, sports and true crime… sometimes all at once.

Sports Explains the World

The Big Dipper: Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest player in the history of the NBA. So why has the league turned its back on him? I go in search of the mystery of Wilt’s lost legacy in this three-part series. Episodes: One | Two | Three

WINNER: Best Magazine Writing

WINNER: Best Magazine Writing
My debut in Smithsonian Magazine is this strange but true thriller about the swashbuckling 18th Century naturalist Andre Michaux, and the friendship with Thomas Jefferson that nearly ruined him. Hear a podcast, too.

Home Court

Home Court
In this chronicle of the struggles of African Americans to play tennis in the segregated South, a five-year-old novice meets a doctor who changes history by building a clay court in his backyard. Will someone please make this into a movie?!

The Dept. of (my) History

The Dept. of (my) History
Back in the day, Penthouse sent me to Las Vegas to interview Bodacious, the meanest rodeo bull who ever lived. I found him biding his time in a Home Depot parking lot. What could go wrong?

The reviews are in, and Pariah, Showtime’s documentary adaptation of my book, The Murder of Sonny Liston, is a hit. You can see it on Showtime, and watch the trailer here. 

Books

Click here to learn more about Steroid Nation
Click here to learn more about Steroid Nation
Click here to learn more about Sex, Lies, and Headlocks
Click here to learn more about Wide Open