Joshua C. Kendall was born in New York City.  He received his BA (summa cum laude) from Yale where he studied comparative literature.  He also did graduate work in comparative literature at Johns Hopkins.  For his exellence in reporting on psychiatry, he has received national journalism awards from both the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America) and the American Psychoanalytic Association.  He lives in Boston where he has ample opportunity to indulge his love of squash. He is currently an Associate Fellow of Yale’s Trumbull College.

His last book, America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation, was published by Grand Central, a division of the Hachette Book Group, in 2013.  His latest book for Grand Central, First Dads: Parenting and Politics From George Washington to Barack Obama, will be published on May 10, 2016.