John Feinstein, a contributor to Golf Channel and GolfChannel.com, is one of the nation’s most successful sports authors who has written 24 books to date. His most recent work Are You Kidding Me?, written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009. In addition, he is an award-winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television.
His works include the two top best-selling non-fiction sports books in history. In 1995, he published the all-time best seller A Good Walk Spoiled, a year inside life on the PGA Tour as told through 17 players on the PGA Tour. Just behind that in sales is A Season on the Brink, which chronicled a year in the life of the Indiana basketball team and its coach, Bob Knight. The book's chart-topping success was also adapted to film with an ESPN production of a made-for TV movie of the same title.
A Season on the Brink looked into the Indiana locker room, team practice sessions, Knight's office, on the team bus and airplanes as Feinstein traveled with the team. In intricate detail, Feinstein vividly depicted life inside a championship college basketball team, a style which has become a trademark for nearly all of his books.
Caddy for Life, the Bruce Edwards Story was released in 2004. In that book Feinstein writes about the life and final days of Tom Watson's caddie, Bruce Edwards, who had been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Early on, the book was identified as a great candidate to be adapted to film, and Feinstein’s long-time friend Terry Hanson led that effort on John’s behalf. They engaged the prestigious William Morris Agency and commissioned a screenplay in conjunction with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company, Live Planet. The script was optioned by Disney, who considered either ABC or ESPN for air and the body of work presently is still in development.
Feinstein is a 1977 graduate of Duke University and spent 11 years as a sports and political reporter with the Washington Post. He has also contributed to Sports Illustrated, the National Sports Daily, ESPN, CBS Sports and Golf Digest. He resides in Potomac, Md., and Shelter Island, N.Y.