About Nassir Ghaemi

A First-Rate Madness

Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

» Nassir Ghaemi

Paperback : 03 Jan 2013



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 Programme at Tufts Medical Center, offers 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 lacklustre leadership of exceedingly sane men as Neville Chamberlain, A First-Rate Madness overturns many of our most cherished perceptions about greatness and the mind.

Table of contents

Introduction: The Inverse Law of Sanity

Part One Creativity

CHAPTER ONE Make Them Fear and Dread Us: Sherman

CHAPTER TWO Work Like Hell—And Advertise: Turner

Part Two Realism

CHAPTER THREE Heads I Win, Tails It's Chance

CHAPTER FOUR Out of the Wilderness: Churchill

CHAPTER FIVE Both Read the Same Bible: Lincoln

Part Three Empathy

CHAPTER SIX Mirror Neuron on the Wall

CHAPTER SEVEN The Woes of Mahatmas: Gandhi

CHAPTER EIGHT Psychiatry for the American Soul: King

Part Four Resilience


CHAPTER TEN A First-Rate Temperament: Roosevelt

CHEPATER ELEVEN Sickness in Camelot: Kennedy

Part Five Treatment

CHAPTER TWELVE A Spectacular Psychochemical Success: Kennedy Revisited


Part Six Mental Health

CHAPTER FOURTEEN Homoclite Leaders: Bush, Blair, Nixon, and Others

CHAPTER FIFTEEN Stigma and Politics






Product details

Format : Paperback
ISBN: 9780143121336
Size : 135 x 216mm
Pages : 352
Published : 03 Jan 2013
Publisher : Penguin

A First-Rate Madness

Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

» Nassir Ghaemi


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