Jack El-Hai

Writer of narratives on science, medicine, and history

Jack El-Hai is a writer of books and articles who specializes in covering medicine, science, and history. He has written more than 500 articles and essays for The Atlantic, Scientific American Mind, Wired, American Heritage, The History Channel Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, and many other publications.

His books include The Nazi and the Psychiatrist (forthcoming in September 2013 from PublicAffairs Books), Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines (forthcoming in November 2013 from the University of Minnesota Press), and The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness (John Wiley & Sons, 2005; winner of a Minnesota Book Award and the annual book award of the Medical Journalists’ Association of the U.K.). El-Hai has taught nonfiction and journalism courses and workshops at the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Iowa, the Split Rock Arts Program, and the Loft Literary Center.


Minnesota Monthly

The Killer Who Haunts Me

In 1895, the nation was riveted by the trial of Harry Hayward, accused of murdering a Minneapolis dressmaker. Writer Jack El-Hai asks: Was Kitty Ging's murderer America’s first...

The Atlantic

One Smart Bookie

A savant bookie with a legal license to take bets

Business and finance articles

Jack El-Hai's blog

A Mysterious Check in the Mail

When I investigate a strange check that arrives in the mail, I stumble upon a story of loss and crookery.

The Atlantic

Where No Business is Good Business

Many American corporations rely on the security of "workplace-recovery centers" -- fully equipped but empty office space reserved for the moment when disaster strikes