A Brotherhood of Tyrants
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|Number of Pages||:||219 Pages|
Each attained absolute power, and misused it in a gargantuan fashion, leaving in his wake a trail of hatred, devastation, and death.In A Brotherhood of Tyrants, D. They apply these clinical signs and symptoms to the pathologies of four notorious mass killers of recent times: David Koresh, Jeffrey Dahmer, Jim Jones, and Colin Ferguson. In comparing these three tyrants, they describe a number of behavioral similarities supporting the contention that a specific psychiatric disorder - manic depression - can be one of the key factors in such political pathologies as tyranny and terrorism.Manic depressive disorder has also produced the great destroyers in history - when in addition to ambitio
Interesting pathology of notorious rulers J. N. W. Bos The authors are quite convincing in their portrayal of Hitler and, especially, Napoleon as Manic Depressives. Their case of Stalin, however, is completely unconvincing; Stalin clearly was a psychopath.Napoleon was a charismatic leader, but he completely abandoned his army both in Egypt and in Russia. With the bi-polar disorder, the authors have found a convincing explanation for the extremes of his behavior.In the case of Hitler, I want to refer to the book "When Illness strikes the Leader" by Post and Robins. They describe how Hitler was taking coke and speed simultaneously. Cocaine produces a sense of well-being and confidence th. A Brotherhood of Tyrants Moneycircus A must-read. Many books present Napoleon and even Hitler and Stalin in the mold of tortured genius. Schoolteachers simply excuse them as mad.This book is a real, honest and lifelike assessment of what these men really were.If mad, they would not have got to lead their countries. You get mad monarchs because they inherit the job. But these men had to persuade the people along with the ruling class to put them in power.Many historians argue that Hitler, Stalin and Napoleon were rational men; that they were great but great with a weakness.No one who kills by the millions simply has a "weakness".So this book will not be easy reading fo. "an interesting view of history" according to Avery Z. Conner. This book provides a new perspective with which to examine some of history's most notorious leaders. I agree that Hitler and Napoleon seemed to exhibit symptoms of mania, though I'm not sure about Stalin. I'd say in general, many leaders throughout history may have been manic or hypomanic. George Custer and Alexander the Great, for example. An entertaining and somewhat controversial read. Avery Z. Conner author of "Fevers of the Mind"
Napoleon, Hitler, and Stalin all manifested elements of mania and depression from their earliest years, the pair avers. William Beatty. Although some of these events are common knowledge, others are not, and it is the latter that add special weight to the book's thesis. They draw on a variety of literature--some of it well known, some dating from a century or longer ago, some coming from the medical literature--to support their arguments as, presenting their subjects' lives chronologically, they emphasize incidents that fit the manic-d