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Joy de Menil

Director of Belknap Publishing

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I recently published a magisterial reconsideration of the checkered record of American psychiatry by Andrew Scull; Traveling Black by Mia Bay, which won the Bancroft Prize; and Justice Rising, which reveals how Bobby Kennedy pushed the federal government to take a stronger stand on voting rights and desegregation.

In the spring I will be publishing a vibrant history of American women’s fight for equality since the Revolutionary War and a mind-blowing work by two visionary medical researchers on what we should be doing to live longer and healthier lives.

In 2020 I published an unexpectedly timely book on the cutting-edge science of Healthy Buildings, a study of bystander inaction and “moral rebels” by social psychologist Catherine Sanderson, a Supreme Court environmental whodunnit by Richard Lazarus, and a beautifully crafted look at how fascism really ruled women by Victoria de Grazia. Many of my books have won prizes and been chosen as book of the year: Tom Zoellner’s Island on Fire won the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Perfect Fascist and Virtue Politics won the Marraro Prize, and Traveling Black won the Bancroft and other awards.”

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