Nassir Ghaemi

discusses

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

This event includes a book signing

Date

Sep
10
Monday
September 10, 2012
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center NASSIR GHAEMI for a discussion of his book A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness.

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 offers a myth-shattering exploration of the powerful connections between mental illness and leadership 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 lackluster leadership of exceedingly sane men as Neville Chamberlain, A First-Rate Madness overturns many of our most cherished perceptions about greatness and the mind.

Nassir Ghaemi
Nassir Ghaemi

Nassir Ghaemi

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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