First-Rate Madness Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

ISBN-10: 0143121332
ISBN-13: 9780143121336
Edition: 2012
Authors: Nassir Ghaemi
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Description: Historians have long puzzled over the apparent mental instability of great and terrible leaders alike: Napoleon, Lincoln, Churchill, Hitler, and others. In A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Historians have long puzzled over the apparent mental instability of great and terrible leaders alike: Napoleon, Lincoln, Churchill, Hitler, and others. In A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center, offers a myth-shattering exploration of the powerful connections between mental illness and leadership and sets forth a controversial, compelling thesis: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders also make for the best leaders in times of crisis. From the importance of Lincoln’s “depressive realism” to the lackluster leadership of exceedingly sane men as Neville Chamberlain, A First-Rate Madness overturns many of our most cherished perceptions about greatness and the mind.

Introduction: The Inverse Law of Sanity
Creativity
Make them Fear and Dread Us: Sherman
Work Like Hell-and Advertise: Turner
Realism
Heads I Win, Tails It's Chance
Out of the Wilderness: Churchill
Both Read the Same Bible: Lincoln
Empathy
Mirror Neuron on The Wall
The Woes of Mahatmas: Gandhi
Psychiatry for the American Soul: King
Resilience
Stronger
A First-Rate Temperament: Roosevelt
Sickness In Camelot: Kennedy
Treatment
A Spectacular Psychochemical Success: Kennedy Revisited
Hitler Amok
Mental Health
Homoclite Leaders: Bush, Blair, Nixon, and Others
Stigma and Politics
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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