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  • A First-Rate Madness

  • Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
  • By: Nassir Ghaemi
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
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Here, Nassir Ghaemi draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, and others from the past two centuries to build an argument at once controversial and compelling: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders—realism, empathy, resilience, and creativity—also make for the best leaders in times of crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A First Rate Journey Into Resilience

  • By Pearl Glacier on 02-19-13

It was just simply awesome....

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Reviewed: 06-05-15

Dear Future Readers
I wish our history books had shown and explained the insights of how mental illness helped save out world. This books captures that and more. The research done for each chapter is phenomenal. I listened to the chapters on the way to work. It is very hard for me to read because of my degree of blindness.

If history had shown mental illness in this positive light from the beginning, I don't believe the stigma attached would have even developed line it is today.

Speaking as a physician we see it as just another disease that needs to be treated. But the world continues to call that person "crazy". But in reality it is just a severe chemical imbalance that they were born with. They can't help it. Until you have a family member or a friend who has gone through this, you will never understand the daily struggle of cyclic emotions they endure.

People need to have empathy for the mentally ill. That is completely lacking till today. They are the "dark geniuses" of our world and with that comes massive brain power, amazing creativity, true realism, amazing peripheral vision and boundless empathy. They move the world. Without them we are ordinary. They have and will continue shape our lives everyday for the better.

My hats off to the author for writhing this so eloquently and truthfully.
Dr Ghaemi, thank you for writhing this book. It was just simply awesome ....

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