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Andy Warhol was a hoarder : inside the minds of history's great personalities

Kalb, Claudia (author.).

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  • ISBN: 1426214669
  • ISBN: 9781426214660
  • Physical Description: 320 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: 1st edition.
  • Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Books, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: Marilyn Monroe -- Howard Hughes -- Andy Warhol -- Princess Diana -- Abraham Lincoln -- Christine Jorgensen -- Frank Lloyd Wright -- Betty Ford -- Charles Darwin -- George Gershwin -- Fyodor Dostoevsky -- Albert Einstein.
Summary, etc.: "Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism? In this surprising and inventive look at the evolution of mental health, respected journalist Claudia Kalb gives readers a glimpse into the lives of high-profile historic figures through the lens of modern psychology, weaving groundbreaking research into biographical narratives that are deeply embedded in our culture. From Marilyn Monroe's borderline personality disorder to Charles Darwin's anxiety, Kalb provides compelling insight into a broad range of maladies, using historical records and interviews with leading mental health experts, biographers, sociologists, and other specialists. Packed with fascinating revelations, this smart narrative brings a new perspective to one of the hottest new topics in today's cultural conversation"--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 January #1
    *Starred Review* Science- and health-journalist Kalb selects a dozen notable historical figures, applies diagnostic tools pulled from the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to their unique personality traits, and produces a diverting reader's digest of biographies that focus not so much on their lives but on their quirks. Although she acknowledges that mental illness and genius might seem mutually exclusive, she also makes a strong case supporting the fact that occasionally mental illness can actually enhance brilliance. For example, she advances a theory that Abraham Lincoln's chronic melancholy (what the DSM calls clinical depression) actually made him a stronger, more determined and pragmatic leader. It certainly would speak to Lincoln's personal grit to pull himself from the morass of despair in order to lead the country in a time of immeasurable turmoil. As for Princess Diana and her struggle with bulimia, it was torment for her, but her candor about it helped millions of eating-disorder sufferers. In all, Kalb's well-written exercise in applying modern psychiatric theory to historical figures, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein to Charles Darwin, certainly makes for some very entertaining armchair speculation. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

CLAUDIA KALB, an award-winning journalist who reports on a wide variety of health and science topics, is known for combining serious reporting with engaging, accessible writing. A former senior writer at Newsweek who has contributed to Smithsonian and Scientific American, Kalb has penned hundreds of features on topics ranging from depression and PTSD to painkiller addiction and the surge in drugs used to treat ADHD. She is now a freelance writer and editor.

Subject: Fame Psychological aspects
Celebrities Psychology Biography
PSYCHOLOGY Mental Health
Genre: Biographies.
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