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Jay McNair

Jay McNair - Designer

Cambridge, United States

Classically inspired book designer and typographer with a focus on non-fiction, particularly historical and political titles.

Overview

I'm a book designer and typographer. I've worked with clients like Alan Dershowitz, the Associated Press, and the Winston Churchill estate, and for publishers including the MIT Press (where I currently work full-time), Melville House, and RosettaBooks. I'd love to talk to you and see how I can help your project!

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Art Biographies & Memoirs History Nature Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Classics Literature

Work experience

Production Coordinator

The MIT Press
August, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

Editor

RosettaBooks
May, 2013 – August, 2016 (over 3 years)

Publisher's Assistant

Melville House
January, 2013 – November, 2013 (10 months)

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Churchill Biography (8 Book Series)

Randolph S. Churchill, Martin Gilbert

From Book 1: “A milestone, a monument, a magisterial achievement… rightly regarded as the most comprehensive life ever written of any age.”—Andrew Roberts, historian and author of The Storm of War“The most scholarly study of Churchill in war and peace ever written.”—Herbert Mitgang, The New York TimesIn the official biography of Sir Winston Churchill, of which this is the first of eight volume... read more

From Book 1: “A milestone, a monument, a magisterial achievement… rightly regarded as the most comprehensive life ever written of any age.”—Andrew Roberts, historian and author of The Storm of War“The most scholarly study of Churchill in war and peace ever written.”—Herbert Mitgang, The New York TimesIn the official biography of Sir Winston Churchill, of which this is the first of eight volume... read more

Saigon Has Fallen

Peter Arnett

“Peter Arnett is the best reporter of the Vietnam War.” ―David Halberstam, Journalist and HistorianIn this intimate and exclusive remembrance on the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett tells the story of his role covering the controversial Vietnam War for The Associated Press from 1962 to its end on April 30, 1975. Arnett’s clear-ey... read more

“Peter Arnett is the best reporter of the Vietnam War.” ―David Halberstam, Journalist and HistorianIn this intimate and exclusive remembrance on the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett tells the story of his role covering the controversial Vietnam War for The Associated Press from 1962 to its end on April 30, 1975. Arnett’s clear-ey... read more

My Time with the Kings: A Reporter's Recollection of Martin, Coretta and the Civil Rights Movement

Kathryn Johnson

“Let Kathryn in,” said Coretta Scott King to authorities. Three simple words that provided Kathryn Johnson, a reporter for The Associated Press’s Atlanta bureau, unprecedented access to the grieving widow in the days following her husband’s death. Johnson was on her way to a movie date when word came from Memphis that Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated. She immediately headed for the... read more

“Let Kathryn in,” said Coretta Scott King to authorities. Three simple words that provided Kathryn Johnson, a reporter for The Associated Press’s Atlanta bureau, unprecedented access to the grieving widow in the days following her husband’s death. Johnson was on her way to a movie date when word came from Memphis that Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated. She immediately headed for the... read more

Electile Dysfunction: A Guide for Unaroused Voters

Alan Dershowitz

If you’re frustrated with the choices for president this year, you’re not alone. 81 percent of voters say they’d “feel afraid” if either Trump or Clinton takes office―but what recourse do we have? The American electorate is plagued by a widespread feeling of impotence. But this may be the most important election in generations: governments and radicals around the world are moving toward extrem... read more

If you’re frustrated with the choices for president this year, you’re not alone. 81 percent of voters say they’d “feel afraid” if either Trump or Clinton takes office―but what recourse do we have? The American electorate is plagued by a widespread feeling of impotence. But this may be the most important election in generations: governments and radicals around the world are moving toward extrem... read more

The Critical Shaw: On Literature (Critical Shaw Collection)

Bernard Shaw

“The general reader, turning over the pages, will learn many things that are not of the slightest importance to him, but which he may, nevertheless, wish to know because other people occasionally write or speak of them.” —Bernard Shaw, 1885 Critical Shaw: Literature is a comprehensive selection of renowned Irish playwright and Nobel Laureate Bernard Shaw’s ideas and opinions on a wide range of... read more

“The general reader, turning over the pages, will learn many things that are not of the slightest importance to him, but which he may, nevertheless, wish to know because other people occasionally write or speak of them.” —Bernard Shaw, 1885 Critical Shaw: Literature is a comprehensive selection of renowned Irish playwright and Nobel Laureate Bernard Shaw’s ideas and opinions on a wide range of... read more

Midnight Cowboy

James Leo Herlihy

Midnight Cowboy is considered by many to be one of the best American novels published since World War II. The main story centers around Joe Buck, a naive but eager and ambitious young Texan, who decides to leave his dead-end job in search of a grand and glamorous life he believes he will find in New York City. But the city turns out to be a much more difficult place to negotiate than Joe could... read more

Midnight Cowboy is considered by many to be one of the best American novels published since World War II. The main story centers around Joe Buck, a naive but eager and ambitious young Texan, who decides to leave his dead-end job in search of a grand and glamorous life he believes he will find in New York City. But the city turns out to be a much more difficult place to negotiate than Joe could... read more

Mulligan's Christmas Stew

Hugh Mulligan

This is a serene book that nudges its way into your heart. ―Malachy McCourt, New York Times bestselling author of A Monk Swimming For more than 30 years as a roving reporter, AP Special Correspondent (and legendary storyteller) Hugh Mulligan wrote witty, quirky, and sometimes poignant Christmas columns from many distant datelines. Whether he was writing from London or Austria, Israel or Vietna... read more

This is a serene book that nudges its way into your heart. ―Malachy McCourt, New York Times bestselling author of A Monk Swimming For more than 30 years as a roving reporter, AP Special Correspondent (and legendary storyteller) Hugh Mulligan wrote witty, quirky, and sometimes poignant Christmas columns from many distant datelines. Whether he was writing from London or Austria, Israel or Vietna... read more

Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel's Just War Against Hamas

Alan Dershowitz

At a time when Israel is under persistent attack―on the battlefield, by international organizations, and in the court of public opinion―Alan Dershowitz presents a powerful case for Israel’s just war against terrorism. In the spirit of his international bestseller The Case for Israel, Dershowitz shows why Israel’s struggle against Hamas is a fight not only to protect its own citizens, but for a... read more

At a time when Israel is under persistent attack―on the battlefield, by international organizations, and in the court of public opinion―Alan Dershowitz presents a powerful case for Israel’s just war against terrorism. In the spirit of his international bestseller The Case for Israel, Dershowitz shows why Israel’s struggle against Hamas is a fight not only to protect its own citizens, but for a... read more

History Will Absolve Me: Fidel Castro: Life and Legacy (Kindle Single)

Brian Latell

On trial in Santiago for leading a bloody assault on the city’s Moncada garrison, young revolutionary leader Fidel Castro uttered a phrase in court that would come to serve as a rallying cry for his 26th of July Movement and his regime thereafter: “History will absolve me.” Despite the fact that his methods resulted in great loss of life on both sides, Castro never wavered in his belief that i... read more

On trial in Santiago for leading a bloody assault on the city’s Moncada garrison, young revolutionary leader Fidel Castro uttered a phrase in court that would come to serve as a rallying cry for his 26th of July Movement and his regime thereafter: “History will absolve me.” Despite the fact that his methods resulted in great loss of life on both sides, Castro never wavered in his belief that i... read more

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