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Afternoon Book Discussion

"A First Rate Madness : Uncovering the Links Betwen Leadership and Mental Illness" by Nassir Ghaemi


In A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, who runs the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts University Medical Center, 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. By combining astute analysis of the historical evidence with the latest psychiatric research, Ghaemi demonstrates how these qualities have produced brilliant leadership under the toughest circumstances.


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The afternoon book group meets in the Reference Room on the Second Floor of the Library.

Next month's selection is "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton.

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