This article was originally posted prior to the election.
Given how the ex-president is likely to behave
over the next four years, it's probably still relevant.

Read Lee's feature story in the December issue of




My buddy Brian Binnie, the test pilot who flew the privately-developed SpaceShipOne into space to capture the coveted Ansari X Prize, has written a brilliant book documenting that challenge. It's being released on October 4 but I had the privilege of reading a draft. Trust me when I tell you that it is a riveting, fascinating and detailed look inside one of the most exciting efforts in space exploration history: putting a man into space without a single dime of government funding. All of this happened 16 years before Tesla Space X's first manned flight.

Brian is making signed copies of the book, along with some other wonderful goodies, available at cost for pre-orders. Please visit his site for details.


MIKE REILLY: Finding My Voice





Recognized the world over as the “Voice of IRONMAN,” Mike has called over 180 IRONMAN events, including 30 straight years of the World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. More than 350,000 athletes have heard his iconic pronouncement, “You are an IRONMAN!” as they crossed the finish line and accomplished something most of us can barely even imagine.


"The voice and passion of Mike Reilly bringing you home, lifts you up, and fulfills dreams for a lifetime. You'll love discovering what’s behind that passion in this book."

DAVE McGILLIVRAY, Boston Marathon Race Director


Lee Gruenfeld Lee is the award-winning author of fifteen critically-acclaimed, best-selling works of fiction and non-fiction, under both his own name and the pseudonym "Troon McAllister." He is currently the technology columnist for, the fourth largest politics and news site in the world, and a reporter, columnist and photographer for the official website of the IRONMAN triathlon. He was vice president of strategic initiatives for (NASDAQ-SPRT), senior vice president and general manager of a SaaS division he created for a technology company in Las Vegas, national head of professional services for computing pioneer Tymshare, and a partner in the management consulting practice of Deloitte in New York and Los Angeles. Lee is an accomplished pianist, a licensed commercial pilot, a middling poker player and a terrible golfer.

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Lee is the science & technology columnist for, the fourth largest politics and news site in the world. He has also been a reporter, columnist and photographer for, the official website of IRONMAN, for over 25 years. You can read his articles for these and other publications by clicking below.

Good Stuff

There’s some fun stuff in this section: reviews of movies that Lee highly recommends that you probably haven’t seen, book recommendations, two never-before-published short stories, and thought-provoking essays on a wide variety of topics from a new work in progress.

The Perfection Point

#4 on the New York Times Bestseller list

“Beyond fascinating. An imagined scenario...accompanies each chapter. They aren't just hypothetical vignettes but truly moving accounts that move beyond sports journalism and approach literature."


"If you're interested in understanding the American character, there are plenty of texts to consult— including, of course, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and Alexis de Tocqueville's meditations on this country. Here's another work to add to the mix: John Brenkus's "The Perfection Point," about the absolute limits of human athletic performance."

-Wall Street Journal

"Sure to spark debate in sporting and scientific circles, the book is engagingly written, well argued, and —even when the conclusions seem almost science-fictiony— entirely plausible."

-Booklist (*starred review)

Perfection Point