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The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America by [John D. Gartner]

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"A psycho-biographical examination of how the United States' hopped-up gene pool shaped our national character and gave us a head start to world domination." -- "Baltimore City Paper" "'American entrepreneurs are largely hypomanic, ' Gartner declares, but the story doesn't begin and end with today's would-be Donald Trumps. The United States is a land of immigrants, he observes, populated by those whose ancestors were energetic and optimistic enough to leave a familiar homeland for strange shores...America's long history of immigration...has made it a 'hypomanic nation.'" -- "Boston Globe" "Gartner unrolls life stories offering repeated instances of recklessness, grandiosity, innovation: Columbus, John Winthrop, Roger Williams, William Penn, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Carnegie, Louis B. Mayer and Craig Venter. From published biographies (and with Venter, the human genome scientist, interviews), Gartner extracts some great illustrations: Theodore Roosevelt timed at 50 handshakes a minute; Hollywood producer David O. Selznick smoking five packs a day. In many readers, mood will elevate." -- "The Baltimore Sun" "Are Americans rich because they're nuts?...It sounds right...a fun read...Gartner is right that hypomanic first movers matter a lot, and that we need a few more." -- "Slate" "America is a land settled by adventurers and risk takers, and the mania that made it great seems to be bred into its genes. In this provocative and interesting book, John Gartner explores that theory with vivid case studies and an expert's understanding of clinical psychology." --Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin" "It's very explains a lot about America." --Richard Cohen, Columnist, "The Washington Post, on Topic A with Tina Brown" (chosen as a "hot pick") "Finally someone gets it. Through fabulous profiles of the likes of Carnegie, Hamilton, the Selznicks and the Mayers -- my favorites -- John D. Gartner explains how brains hardwired for success, otherwise known as hypomania, have contributed so much to the richness of our great country. Three cheers for Gartner. He recognizes that hypomania is integral to the success of those who challenge every assumption on the way to creating fabulous wealth, brilliant movies, and, yes, even a nation." -- James Cramer, markets commentator for CNBC and and author of "Confessions of a Street Addict" "Gartner's genius is to make visible a psychological phenomenon that is part of our history and daily lives which we didn't see before. It will change the way Americans think of themselves and incite hypomania envy among the normal people of the world." -- Harry Segal, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Cornell University "Examining an assortment of historical and present-day movers and shakers through the lens of modern psychiatry, Gartner has come up with a diagnosis that could well help explain what makes America, well, America. "The Hypomanic Edge" is a surprising -- and thoroughly engaging -- book." -- Joe Nocera, Editorial Director of Fortune, author of "A Piece of the Action" ""The Hypomanic Edge" reveals a secret history of America, the hidden psychiatric underbelly of legendary successes and the cult of celebrity. John Gartner tells the story with gripping detail and a clinician's authority. After this book, you'll never read the business pages in quite the same way." --Daniel Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

John D. Gartner, Ph.D., is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He is a graduate of Princeton University. He is widely published in scholarly journals and books, and his work has also appeared in the Baltimore Sun and Talk magazine. Gartner lives and practices as a clinical psychologist in Baltimore. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000SEJEAK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster (23 June 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 839 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 372 pages
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