Psychology, history, and celebrity combine in this captivating look at the mental health of famous--and infamous--historic icons. Written by acclaimed health and science journalist Claudia Kalb, and now in paperback, this fascinating narrative examines history's greatest icons, leaving readers with a changed perspective of the personalities that shaped our past--and a new understanding of themselves.
Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism? Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist? In this surprising, inventive, and meticulously researched 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 intriguing revelations, this smart narrative brings a new perspective to one of the hottest new topics in today's cultural conversation. .
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
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