Book : A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness Paperback – June 26, 2012


New York Times bestseller is a myth-shattering exploration of the powerful connections between mental illness and leadership. 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.

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What Befits a Leader in Hard Times? An Intimate Knowledge of Insanity by  

About the Author 

Nassir Ghaemi is an academic psychiatrist, author, and Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He immigrated to the United Statesat the age of 5 from Tehran, Iran and attended McLean High School in McLean, Virginia. He received his B.A. from George Mason University in 1986, and later a medical degree from Medical College of Virginia. He then went on to get an MA in philosophy from Tufts University in 2001, and a MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. He has written several books on mental illness and mood disorders, and has contributed to many scientific journals and other published works.



Related Works :


  • On Depression: Drugs, Diagnosis, and Despair in the Modern World[2]
  • A First-Rate Madness[3]
  • The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model: Reconciling Art and Science in Psychiatry[4]
  • The Concepts of Psychiatry: A Pluralistic Approach to the Mind and Mental Illness[5]
  • A Clinician's Guide to Statistics and Epidemiology in Mental Health: Measuring Truth and Uncertainty[6]
  • Mood Disorders: A Practical Guide, Second Edition[7]