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"When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy." Dave Barry's twisted words of wisdom reverberate in this bracing new examination of the surprising links between mental illness and successful leadership. Tufts professor of psychiatry Nassir Ghaemi delves into the mood disorders of revered leaders including Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and John F. Kennedy, to name only the most luminary. A First-Rate Madness also explores why relatively normal people such as George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter make unsuccessful presidents.