Daniel Paisner
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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 sixteen 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; NFL great Ray Lewis; 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 books include "Relentless Spirit," a family memoir written with heralded Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and her parents, D.A. and Richard Franklin; "Two Paths: American Divided or United," an account of the 2016 Presidential campaign written with Ohio Governor John Kasich; and, "Rise and Grind," a motivational primer from "Shark Tank" panelist and noted brand expert/serial entrepreneur Daymond John.

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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Best Sellers

    • Rise and Grind

    • Out-Perform, Out-Work, and Out-Hustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life
    • By: Daymond John, Daniel Paisner
    • Narrated by: Sway Calloway, Daymond John
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359

    Daymond John explores how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I feel like I wasted my time!

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-27-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Power of Broke

    • How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage
    • By: Daymond John, Daniel Paisner
    • Narrated by: Daymond John, Sway Calloway
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,960
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,947

    The FUBU founder and star of ABC's Shark Tank shows that, far from being a liability, broke can actually be your greatest competitive advantage as an entrepreneur....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book for those who need inspiration.

    • By ddsharper on 10-28-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • I Feel Like Going On

    • Life, Game, and Glory
    • By: Ray Lewis, Daniel Paisner
    • Narrated by: JD Jackson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225

    Ray Lewis, legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker and one of the greatest defensive players of his generation, holds nothing back on the state of football as well as his troubled childhood....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen and great story

    • By Jonathan Levine on 10-27-15

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Two Paths

    • America Divided or United
    • By: John Kasich
    • Narrated by: John Kasich
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    When Ohio governor John Kasich ran for president, his powerful message of hope and togetherness struck a chord with American voters....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hoped for action items

    • By Frank Smith on 05-02-17
    • America Divided or United
    • By: John Kasich
    • Narrated by: John Kasich
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 04-25-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 147 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Relentless Spirit

    • The Unconventional Raising of a Champion
    • By: Missy Franklin, D.A. Franklin, Dick Franklin, and others
    • Narrated by: D.A. Franklin, Dick Franklin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    In Relentless Spirit, Missy and her parents, D.A. and Dick Franklin, share the story of how Missy became the athlete she is today, a six-time Olympic medalist, five of them gold....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very good reading!

    • By Erick Jam on 01-29-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Facing Down Evil

    • Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
    • By: Clint Van Zandt, Daniel Paisner
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    No ordinary Washington memoir, Facing Down Evil is an unprecedented look behind the scenes of our nation's most powerful law-enforcement agency....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Window into the FBI Hostage Negotiator's World

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-08

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Fixer

    • The Notorious Life of a Front-Page Bail Bondsman
    • By: Ira Judelson
    • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    The Fixer is a rollicking narrative that follows Judelson as he learns the ins and outs of the down-and-dirty world of bonds....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining very entertaining

    • By Michael on 07-10-16
    • The Notorious Life of a Front-Page Bail Bondsman
    • By: Ira Judelson
    • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 06-03-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 38 ratings

    Regular price: $22.67

    • You're Hired

    • How to Succeed in Business and Life
    • By: Bill Rancic
    • Narrated by: Bill Rancic
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Being on The Apprentice made Bill Rancic an overnight celebrity. But his winning strategies were developed long before that....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen missing that little bit extra

    • By Kade Dworkin on 11-01-05

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Qaddafi's Point Guard

    • The Incredible Story of a Professional Basketball Player Trapped in Libya's Civil War
    • By: Daniel Paisner, Alex Owumi
    • Narrated by: Neal Ghant
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Imprisoned in his Benghazi apartment for more than two weeks with no food, phone, Internet, or hope, Owumi wondered whether he would make it out of Libya alive....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good story

    • By Bruce on 04-07-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Every Other Monday

    • Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith, and Friendship
    • By: John Kasich, Daniel Paisner
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    In 1978, John Kasich embarked on a political journey that would take him from the Ohio State Senate to the highest reaches of government and a run at the White House....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So so

    • By Ann on 06-04-17

    Regular price: $20.99

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