John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro are the authors of War in the Ring: Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight between America and Hitler; One Nation Under Baseball: How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime; and One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title. They are contributors to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, VICE, The New York Times, and ESPN's The Undefeated. John and Ouisie are married and live in Brooklyn, NY.
John is the author of the historical crime novels, Sugar Pop Moon and Blind Moon Alley. He holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine, an MBA from St. John’s University, and an MA from New York University. John is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine; he also taught at St. John's University, Ramapo College, and FIT.
Ouisie is a six-time Emmy award-winning writer/producer of sports documentaries. Her TV credits include ESPN’s Playing for the Mob, and HBO’s Joe Louis, America’s Hero Betrayed; Dare to Dream: The Story of the US Women’s Soccer Team; and Nine Innings from Ground Zero: The 2001 World Series. She is the author of three children’s books (Batter Up!, Autism & Me, and Bullying & Me), and holds an MA in journalism from New York University.