Jonathan Mahler
Author and Writer for the New York Times Magazine

Jonathan Mahler is the author of The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), which grew out of an article he wrote in June 2004 for The New York Times Magazine. He is also the author of the best-selling book Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning, a 2004 New York Times Notable Book that was adapted as an eight-part dramatic miniseries for ESPN starring John Turturro. Mahler is a contributing writer for the Times Magazine, where he has written about everything from baseball to politics to religion. His work has appeared in a variety of other publications, including The New York Times Book Review, New York magazine, the New Republic and Slate. The Challenge is currently being made into a feature film by George Clooney and Aaron Sorkin. A 1990 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, Mahler lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Danielle Mattoon and their children, Gus and Nora.

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The Challenge
How a Maverick Navy Officer and a Young Law Professor Risked Their Careers to Defend the Constitution--and Won

INCLUDES A NEW EPILOGUE BY THE AUTHOR The Challenge tells the inside story of an improbable act of patriotism. At its center are Navy lawyer Charles Swift...

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning
1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Scheduled for release in July 2007 as an ESPN original miniseries, starring John Turturro as Billy Martin, Oliver...

The Challenge: How a Maverick Navy Officer and a Young Law Professor Risked Their Careers to Defend the Constitution, and Won: Mahler discusses the incredible story of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, probably the most important decision on presidential power in the history of the Supreme Court. An inspiring talk about the resilience of the Constitution and and durability of American values, Mahler delves deep into the war on terror, Guantanamo , the detention of enemy combatants and the role of the Supreme Court.

Praise for The Challenge "[The Challenge] tells the story of a captive who gave his name to a great constitutional decision, and it describes the personal struggles of his lawyers, their courage, and their faults. . . . A work of rare drama."
---Anthony Lewis, The New York Review of Books

"A riveting read."
---San Francisco Chronicle

"An excellent legal thriller . . . It's through Mahler's brilliant narrative of these characters that he weaves together the broader, legally complex story ofHamdan v. Rumsfeld."
---The Toronto Star

"Mahler excels at telling the story of a talented, fractious team coming together for a greater goal."
---The New Yorker

"The Challenge is not just a very readable account of an important case. It is also an intimate account of the lawyers who overcame personal conflicts, animus, and flaws to produce a decision for the ages."
---The New York Times