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Daniel Paisner
Daniel Paisner is one of the busiest collaborators in publishing. He's written over sixty books, on topics ranging from business and sports, to politics and popular culture, including fourteen New York Times best-sellers.His work has been profiled in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,... show more



Daniel Paisner is one of the busiest collaborators in publishing. He's written over sixty books, on topics ranging from business and sports, to politics and popular culture, including fourteen New York Times best-sellers.His work has been profiled in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, ESPN: The Magazine and on National Public Radio. (In a recent New York Magazine article on how to write someone else's memoir, he was referred to as the "most prolific living ghost" - a title that may or may not have been meant as a back-handed compliment.)He is co-author of best-selling books with tennis champion Serena Williams; Ohio governor and Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich; NFL great Ray Lewis; "Shark Tank" co-star and noted brand expert/serial entrepreneur Daymond John; Emmy Award-winning baseball analyst and former All-Star pitcher Ron Darling; MSNBC News personality Mika Brzezinski; the late New York City mayor Ed Koch; and, Academy Award-winning actors Denzel Washington, Whoopi Goldberg and Anthony Quinn, among others. His most recent book is "Relentless Spirit," a family memoir written with heralded Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and her parents, D.A. and Richard Franklin. He has also collaborated on books with former world champion longboard surfer Izzy Paskowitz; bail bondsman Ira Judelson; legendary high school basketball coach Bob Hurley; and, the brilliantly potty-mouthed comedian Gilbert Gottfriend.Over the years, Paisner has worked with dozens of "ordinary" individuals with extraordinary stories to tell, including Krystyna Chiger, whose chronicle of her family's horrific ordeal in a Polish sewer during the German occupation, "The Girl in the Green Sweater," makes an important contribution to the literature of the Holocaust. The story is the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film, "In Darkness," from director Agnieszka Holland. Perhaps his most notable collaboration has been the best-selling account of a New York City firefighter's epic tour of duty at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, "Last Man Down," written with FDNY Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto. The book was #1 on the London Times best-seller list, and remained a top ten seller in the U.K. for over six months; it reached the #1 spot on the Amazon.com.uk "Hot 100" list. Paisner has also written several books of his own, including "The Ball: Mark McGwire's 70th Home Run Ball and the Marketing of the American Dream," which was hailed by Amazon editors as one of the best sports books of the year. If you want to really make him happy, consider reading one of his novels, "Obit" and "Mourning Wood." His third "first" novel - "A Single Happened Thing," a story of hope and redemption set against the backdrop of baseball's upstart Union Association league of 1884 - was published by Relegation Books in April, 2016. You should probably consider reading this one, too.

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EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it 6 years ago
Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. With no funding and a $40 budget, Daymond had to come up with out-of-the box ways to promote his products. Luckily, desperation breeds innovation, and so he hatched an i...
LondaLocs
LondaLocs rated it 9 years ago
I enjoyed the first chapters of this book the most. It was very interesting to read about how her close family played and practiced together. I never realized how many hours elite atheletes log in perfecting their skills. I admire their dedication to each other and the game. I am not a big tennis fa...
thomcat
thomcat rated it 11 years ago
The life of both the principals in this story, as told in their own (barely edited) words.
willemite
willemite rated it 13 years ago
Ron Darling was a pretty good pitcher, although you might never know that listening to him work color commentary for the New York Mets. He sustains a level of modesty that would lead one to think he was a mere journeyman. He was not a great pitcher, although he did pitch some great games. He is, how...
willemite
willemite rated it 18 years ago
This is a very good small book surrounding the acquisition and sale of McGwire’s 70th home run ball. It covers a lot of territory, from the physical structure of the ball, now and historically to information on where it is made, to the mud used to coat the balls, and why. We learn much about the col...
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