- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (Aug. 9 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594202958
- ISBN-13: 978-1594202957
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness Hardcover – Aug 9 2011
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— BOSTON GLOBE
“Ghaemi isn’t the first to claim that madness is a close relative of genius, or even the first to extend the idea into politics. But he does go further than others… His explanations are elegant, too—intuitively accurate and banked off the latest psychiatric research.”
“A provocative thesis… Ghaemi’s book deserves high marks for original thinking.” –THE WASHINGTON POST
“Ghaemi is a remarkably disciplined writer, and he examines both psychiatry and history with impressive clarity and sensitivity. A First-Rate Madness will almost certainly be one of the most fascinating books of the year, not just because of the author's lucid prose and undeniable intelligence, but because of his provocative thesis: "For abnormal challenges, abnormal leaders are needed."” --NPR.ORG
“Provocative, fascinating.” –SALON.COM
About the Author
Nassir Ghaemi, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He has published more than a hundred scientific articles and several books on psychiatry.
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An intriguing case is made regarding how a change in medications helped make JFK a better President while increasing drug abuse (methamphetamines) helped make Hitler even more unhinged.
A must read for any student of history or of psychology and anyone looking to challenge the current prejudices regarding mental illness.
This book pretty much says «This guy had mental disorders, and was great, probably because of his illness» and shows many examples. His ideas are very well put trough and trough to posit his ideas and it convinced me.
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