Just finished reading “A First-Rate Madness” by Dr. Nassir Ghaemi. I heard Dr. Ghaemi on Michael Smerconish’s Sirius show recently, so I put myself on the waitlist for his book at the library. I started it on Saturday and couldn’t put it down.
The premise of the book is that successful leaders had some form of mental illness which made them successful, especially during wartime and periods of uncertainty. Alternatively, leaders who were considered “normal” were terrible wartime leaders. The theory is that challenges and/or adversity in the form of depression, mania, bipolar disorder, etc. developed resilience in these individuals, as opposed to “normal” people who never had to stare down such difficulties.
The author outlines specific examples such as Hitler, Lincoln, Chamberlain, Bush, and Churchill to illustrate the point. It really is a fascinating read and gave me a lot of food for thought.
Now on to “Seinfeldia” by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.