"The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino" is Michael Sokolove's fifth book. His previous book, "Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town and the Magic of Theater" was chosen by USA Today as one of the top ten books of 2013 and was adapted by NBC and "Hamilton" producer Jeffrey Seller as the prime-time series "Rise." His other books are "The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw" (an American Library Association top 10 nonfiction book in 2004); "Hustle: The Myth, Life and Lies of Pete Rose" and "Warrior Girls." He is the co-author with John Calipari of two books, "Players First" and "Success is the Only Option."
Since 2001, Sokolove has been a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, where he has written about the science, culture and sociology of sports, as well as politics and a broad range of other topics. His work has been included in the Best American Sportswriting and Best American Medical Writing anthologies. He is a recipient of a Citation of Excellence from the Overseas Press Club for coverage from Beirut, Lebanon, as a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.
Sokolove and his wife, Ann Gerhart, an editor at the Washington Post, live in Bethesda, Maryland and have three children.