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In Sickness and in Power: Illnesses in Heads of Government During the Last 100 Years

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The course of modern world history has been critically shaped by the physical and mental illnesses of heads of state, sometimes in the public eye but usually in secrecy. Democratic politicians as diverse as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Churchill, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Pompidou, Mitterrand, Blair, George W. Bush, Chirac, and Sharon all lied about their health. ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published May 30th 2008 by Praeger Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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It's difficult to know quite how to rate this book, as David Owen himself doesn't seem to have a particularly clear idea of what the main aim of his book is. The core of the work is his piece on a proposed 'hubris syndrome' that affects the judgement of certain people in positions of power, in this case Tony Blair and George W. Bush in the run-up to and handling of the Iraq War. Proposing a new psychological diagnosis is always controversial (as is removing or altering an existing one), but Owen ...more
Stratos
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Απαραίτητο βιβλίο/εγχειρίδιο για κάθε πολίτη που ενδιαφέρεαι για την πολιτική και την ιστορία
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Όσα άσχημα και δεινά και αν φέρνουν οι ηγέτες του κόσμου, δεν περιβάλλονται από κάποιο χρυσό κλουβί το οποίο τους καθιστά άτρωτους από ασθένειες ή απολαύσεις των θνητών. Για να είσαι ηγέτης είσαι και ταυτόχρονα και θνητός, ακούγεται λίγο παράξενο αυτό αλλά είναι κάτι που ισχύει.

Το βιβλίο «Ασθενείς ηγέτες στην εξουσία» του David Owen είναι μια ανασκόπηση του περασμένου αιώνα μέσα απ’ την ματιά ενός Ψυχίατρου, του οποίου η αφήγηση του «γυμνώνει» τους πολιτικούς ηγέτες του περασμένου αιώνα.

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Yannis
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Some interesting things in there, mostly information about leaders and their illness. The moral is very short and he kept repeating it now and then. Also he clearly lacks a talent in writing. Good book to check some things on the subject but otherwise nothing great.
Fernando del Alamo
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
¿Es posible que las enfermedades de los mandatarios tengan influencia en las decisiones de estado que toman? ¿Qué pasa si uno tiene una depresión o algún tipo de locura? ¿Hay algnna forma de garantiar que su enfermedad no influya en ciertas decisiones?

Preguntas como esta se plantea el autor de este libro, que es un neurólogo y expolítico inglés. En este libro no sólo reflexiona sobre las preguntas anteriores, sino sobre el síndrome de Hybris, que no es otro que aquel en el que un mandatario se v
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David Anthony Llewellyn Owen, Baron Owen CH PC FRCP (born 2 July 1938) is a British politician.Owen served as British Foreign Secretary from 1977 to 1979, the youngest person in over forty years to hold the post. In 1981, Owen was one of the "Gang of Four" who left the Labour Party to found the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Owen led the SDP from 1983 to 1987, and the continuing SDP from 1988 to 1 ...more
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