Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

“The Nazi and the Psychiatrist is a fast-paced, deeply researched psychodrama about an ambitious American military psychiatrist who is drawn into a sick and dangerous relationship with Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler’s right-hand man and one of history’s most notorious criminals. The story of their terrible, intertwined fates opens a fascinating window into both the criminal…

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Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

“In this little known and completely gripping story of the American psychiatrist sent to analyze Nazi leaders following their World War II capture, Jack El-Hai tells of an encounter both scientific and deeply haunting. But more than that, he tells the story of efforts to understand evil—in its most chilling human incarnation—and to overcome it…

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Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

“This intimate and insightful portrait of two intersecting, outsized personalities—one an exemplar of public service and the other an avatar of evil—is as suspenseful as a classic Hitchcock film that hinges on an eerie psychological secret. Readers of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist will be riveted by Jack El-Hai’s moving study of how good and…

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Science News

“With full access to Kelley’s notes on Nazi psychology, El-Hai infuses his story with the messy, compelling details of people’s lives. These tug the reader inside Kelley’s head for an engrossing exploration of human nature, sanity and despair.”

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Jack El-Hai’s biography of Army psychiatrist Douglas Kelley provides a riveting look at the top Nazis awaiting trial — and reveals the dangerous power of intimacy with evil.”

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Kirkus (starred review)

“Ace reportage on the unique relationship between a prison physician and one of the Third Reich’s highest ranking officials… El-Hai’s gripping account turns a chilling page in American history and provides an unsettling meditation on the machinations of evil.”

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Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Journalist El-Hai’s haunting historical account raises questions about the human capacity to cause harm…. In this thoroughly engaging story of the jocular master war criminal and the driven, self-aware psychiatrist, El-Hai finds no simple binary.”

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