King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership

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    From Publishers Weekly
    Applying the insights of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology to political leadership, University of Kentucky emeritus professor of psychiatry Arnold M. Ludwig (How Do We Know Who We Are?) in King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership compares human rulers to primates, arguing that male politicians, like their simian alpha-male cohorts, are adept at gaining, exercising and keeping power. Ludwig then focuses closely on 377 world leaders, including Idi Amin, Tony Blair, Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan examining a string of traits to identify what he considers the factors that determine a leader's greatness: the addition of new territory, military prowess, economic prosperity, etc. Although Ludwig presents exhaustive research, many of his assumptions such as that all societies want a ruler because it's the natural order of things lack support. Moreover, Ludwig quickly loses sight of his (somewhat shaky) thesis that human politicians derive their leadership drive from their primate ancestors. 29 b&w illus.
    Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

    Washington Post Book World
    "An arresting book that casts political science out the window and explains leadership through comparisons with chimpanzees, baboons and gorillas."


    very interesting from a professor of University of Kentucky. Had much problems in reading this english book (no turkish translation). But i achieved to read iit allthough it took some time.

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