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

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Paperback, Penguin Group USA, 2012, ISBN13 9780143121336, ISBN10 0143121332

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An investigation into the surprisingly deep correlation between mental illness and successful leadership, as seen through the lives of some of the most important political figures in history
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 mood illnesses (depression and bipolar disorder) and leadership. He sets forth a controversial, compelling thesis: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders--creativity, resilience, empathy, and realism--also make for the best leaders in times of crisis. From the importance of the "depressive realism" and creativity of mentally ill or mentally abnormal figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to the lackluster leadership of "mentally normal" men such as Neville Chamberlain, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair, "A First-Rate Madness "overturns many of our most cherished perceptions about greatness and the mind and provides a unique insight for understanding our current political leaders and presidential candidates going into the next election season.
"A First-Rate Madness "includes profiles of Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon, Franklin D. Roosevelt, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ted Turner, among other famous leaders.

About this item

An investigation into the surprisingly deep correlation between mental illness and successful leadership, as seen through the lives of some of the most important political figures in history
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 mood illnesses (depression and bipolar disorder) and leadership. He sets forth a controversial, compelling thesis: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders--creativity, resilience, empathy, and realism--also make for the best leaders in times of crisis. From the importance of the "depressive realism" and creativity of mentally ill or mentally abnormal figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to the lackluster leadership of "mentally normal" men such as Neville Chamberlain, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair, "A First-Rate Madness "overturns many of our most cherished perceptions about greatness and the mind and provides a unique insight for understanding our current political leaders and presidential candidates going into the next election season.
"A First-Rate Madness "includes profiles of Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon, Franklin D. Roosevelt, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ted Turner, among other famous leaders.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Jun 2012
ISBN-13: 9780143121336
ISBN-10: 0143121332
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 340
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5
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