Gary M. Pomerantz, historian, journalist and Stanford University lecturer, is the author of six nonfiction books.

Next month, Penguin Press will publish his newest, The Last Pass, an intimate narrative about race, mortality, and regret that tells the story of Bob Cousy and the storied Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1950s and Sixties.

Pomerantz’s first book, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn (1996), a multi-generational biography of Atlanta and its racial conscience, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  Pomerantz spent 17 years as a daily journalist, first as a sportswriter for The Washington Post, and later at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he wrote about race, sports, culture and politics, and served for a time on the newspaper’s editorial board. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

He authored Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds about a 1996 plane crash, a book later published in China, Germany and England; WILT, 1962, about basketball star Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point game, and named an Editors List selection by The New York Times; and The Devil’s Tickets (2009), about a Jazz Age murder and trial in Kansas City and the contract bridge craze that swept the nation. His most recent book, Their Life’s Work, about the 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers, explores football’s gifts and costs.

He has served the past twelve years as a lecturer in the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford. He lives with his wife Carrie in San Francisco.