Madmen At The Helm

Author: Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 0863724574
Size: 67.96 MB
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Madmen At The Helm from the Author: Muriel Mirak-Weissbach. The Arab Spring was a watershed in Arab history, which gave young protesters the impetus to challenge established and entrenched dictatorial regimes for the first time, and to demand democracy. In this unique book, Muriel Mirak-Weissbach reviews specialist literature and provides a profile of the personality disorder of narcissism displayed by five leaders (Mubarak, Qaddafi, Ben Ali, Saleh and Assad), together with the related syndromes of paranoia, hysteria, and sociopathy. She argues that the responses of these leaders to the challenges they faced indicate that they were psychologically incapable of facing reality, and indeed displayed pathological symptoms in clinging fanatically to power in the face of revolt. Mirak-Weissbach considers each of the five leaders in turn, examining their behavior during the upheavals as expressed in their public statements, speeches, interviews and courses of action. Thus she identifies patterns and similarities of behavior that serve to prove that the five ''stony-faced old men in power'' displayed specific pathological personality types in their responses to the political and cultural circumstances in which they were operating. A postscript to the book widens this context by identifying two cases of narcissism in contemporary American politics: George W. Bush and Sarah Palin. This highly topical, accessible and relevant book provides a psycho-historical insight into the actions and responses of the deposed dictators, viewed from a unique clinical psychological perspective.

A Voyage For Madmen

Author: Peter Nichols
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006186840X
Size: 49.90 MB
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A Voyage For Madmen from the Author: Peter Nichols. In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death. In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic positioning systems. A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons, of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean, and of those riveting moments when a split-second decision means the difference between life and death.


Author: Roy Porter
Publisher: Tempus Pub Limited
Size: 73.54 MB
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Madmen from the Author: Roy Porter. A social history of madhouses, mad doctors and lunatics

A Higher Call

Author: Adam Makos
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101618957
Size: 16.89 MB
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A Higher Call from the Author: Adam Makos. THE NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger... What happened next would defy imagination and later be called “the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.” The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever. INCLUDES PHOTOS

The Somali Doctrine

Author: James Grenton
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781466217577
Size: 15.73 MB
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The Somali Doctrine from the Author: James Grenton. A dying man in the desert... A massacre in a refugee camp... A missing aid convoy... And suddenly Interpol agent Jim Galespi is running for his life. THE SOMALI DOCTRINE In The Somali Doctrine, an Interpol agent makes it his mission to stop the remorseless madmen at the helm of the world's largest NGO. From the deserts of Somaliland to the slums of Nairobi to the plush hotels of Cape Town all the way to the Department for International Development in London, the race is on to stop disaster from striking again. And again. And again. The Somali Doctrine is an intelligent thriller built on years of first-hand experience in the NGO sector in Africa. It brings together excellent writing with a strong plot from one of the most exciting new thriller authors of the year. If you like thrillers by Michael Crichton or Ken Follet, then the Somali Doctrine is for you. What readers have said about James Grenton's novels: 'It's the originality of the writing and the strength of the plot that really worked for me. I couldn't put the book down!' 'A terrific thriller! I simply couldn't put it down, the action keeps you hooked until the last scene.' 'A real page turner - full of action and excitement throughout. I've not read a book so quickly in years!' 'I really liked Grenton's first novel, The Somali Doctrine, which I found absorbing and a great read. Black Coke is even better - far superior to the books produced by many of the blockbuster thriller writers. So go ahead and read it. You won't regret it!' 'Grenton's characters are certainly made to suffer, but this is a more grown-up affair than Ludlum's Bourne trilogy - probably a reflection of the moral ambiguity of the modern world in contrast to the clear distinctions of the Cold War. There are no forgone conclusions here, and this is not a comfortable ride for the reader; there are some genuinely shocking moments, and it is hard not to feel tainted by the corruption and compromise of the main characters and events. .' 'A terrific read and highly recommended.' James's second novel, Black Coke, is also available. It tells the story of a British agent's mission to bring down a fast-growing drugs cartel that has developed a genetically-modified form of cocaine. From the crack dens of North London to the underground drugs labs of southern Colombia, the race is on to stop the cartel before it's too late.