King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership

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University Press of Kentucky, 2002年5月3日 - 475 頁

People may choose to ignore their animal heritage by interpreting their behavior as divinely inspired, socially purposeful, or even self-serving, all of which they attribute to being human, but they masticate, fornicate, and procreate, much as chimps and apes do, so they should have little cause to get upset if they learn that they act like other primates when they politically agitate, debate, abdicate, placate, and administrate, too." -- from the book King of the Mountain presents the startling findings of Arnold M. Ludwig's eighteen-year investigation into why people want to rule. The answer may seem obvious -- power, privilege, and perks -- but any adequate answer also needs to explain why so many rulers cling to power even when they are miserable, trust nobody, feel besieged, and face almost certain death. Ludwig's results suggest that leaders of nations tend to act remarkably like monkeys and apes in the way they come to power, govern, and rule. Profiling every ruler of a recognized country in the twentieth century -- over 1,900 people in all, Ludwig establishes how rulers came to power, how they lost power, the dangers they faced, and the odds of their being assassinated, committing suicide, or dying a natural death. Then, concentrating on a smaller sub-set of 377 rulers for whom more extensive personal information was available, he compares six different kinds of leaders, examining their characteristics, their childhoods, and their mental stability or instability to identify the main predictors of later political success. Ludwig's penetrating observations, though presented in a lighthearted and entertaining way, offer important insight into why humans have engaged in war throughout recorded history as well as suggesting how they might live together in peace.

 

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1 Why Rulers Rule
1
2 Its a Mans World
22
3 The Perks of Power
50
4 A Dangerous Game
79
5 Rearing Rulers
126
6 Little Acorns into Mighty Oaks
170
7 Of Sound Mind??
221
8 The Measure of Political Greatness
272
Sample of Rulers
379
Methodology
389
Data Collection and Statistics
399
Political Greatness Scale
403
Notes
409
Statistics
433
Acknowledgments
463
Index
465

9 The Seven Pillars of Greatness
316
10 Warmongers or Peacemakers?
354

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Arnold M. Ludwig is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky.

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