About Nassir Ghaemi

A First-Rate Madness

Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

» Nassir Ghaemi

Penguin
Paperback : 03 Jan 2013

£9.99

Synopsis

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 NINE Stronger

CHAPTER TEN A First-Rate Temperament: Roosevelt

CHEPATER ELEVEN Sickness in Camelot: Kennedy


Part Five Treatment

CHAPTER TWELVE A Spectacular Psychochemical Success: Kennedy Revisited

CHAPTER THIRTEEN Hitler Amok


Part Six Mental Health

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

CHAPTER FIFTEEN Stigma and Politics


Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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

£9.99


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