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When Illness Strikes the Leader The Dilemma of the Captive King

Robins, Robert S. & Jerrold Post

ISBN 10: 0300056834 / ISBN 13: 9780300056839
Published by Yale University Press, 1993
Used Condition: Very Good- Hardcover
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Jerrold Post inscription on front free end paper. Dustjacket is tattered at edges. Edgewear to boards. Boards bumped. ; 1.18 x 9.55 x 6.42 Inches; 280 pages; Illness and instability in high office has often shaped the course of world events. Drawing on examples from around the world and throughout history-including George III, Winston Churchill, Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Menachem Begin, Deng Xiao-peng, and Ronald Reagan-this important and absorbing book reveals how mortal illness can affect decisions and make a leader more determined to leave his mark on history.; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 39823

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Title: When Illness Strikes the Leader The Dilemma ...

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good-

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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The illness or disability of a world leader can change the course of history. When Lenin became too infirm to remove Stalin from a position of power, when the shah of Iran's terminal cancer was kept secret from his fellow Iranians and his foreign supporters until Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution had succeeded, the political consequences were monumental. In this book, two experts in political psychology reveal how the infirmities of leaders have affected their own societies and the broader course of world events. Drawing on a wide range of examples, including Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria, Woodrow Wilson, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Deng Xiao-peng, Ferdinand Marcos, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Menachem Begin, Dr. Jerrold M. Post and Robert S. Robins explore the impact of physical and mental illness on political leadership. Post and Robins investigate the effects of illness on the leader, his inner circle, his followers, and the political system itself. They discuss such topics as: how the nature of the illness affects decision-making; how mortal illness can make a leader more determined to make his mark on history; how a leader's disability can be hidden from the public in every political system; the effects of prescribed drugs and substance abuse on leadership behaviour; the conflicted role and ethical dilemmas of physicians who care for the powerful; and how the demands and privileges of high office compromise the quality of medical care. In closed societies where there is no clear mechanism of succession, say the authors, the ailing or ageing leader and his close advisers can become locked in a fatal embrace, each dependent upon the other for survival; a captive king and his captive court. In the absence of clear rules for determining when a leader is disabled and should be replaced and how a successor will be chosen, illness in high office can be highly destabilizing.

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Dr. Jerrold M. Post and Robert S. Robins explore the impact of physical and mental illness on political leadership.

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