Book Endorsements & Scheduled Book Appearances

Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths, Joseph N. Abraham, MD, UL Press

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Below is a schedule of lectures, media appearances, and book signings by Joseph N. Abraham, MD, for his award-winning book Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths: From Alexander to Hitler to the Corporation.

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Appearances & Media

April 7, 2021
“If you are into politics and history, then this book will be your bible.”

April 5, 2021,  ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪BookFever.
“…this is only my third [5-star rating] of the year… It was simply outstanding…”

Five bookmarksMarch 2, 2021, 5 Bookmarks, Under Rated Reads
“…a realistic look at how leaders and rulers brutally controlled us and how many of the same characteristics are displayed in the tyrants and corporations we have today.”

'Finalist' Montaigne Award, Eric Hoffer Book AwardsMarch 1, 2021, Shortlisted for the Montaigne Medal, Eric Hoffer Awards.

February 22, 2021 Featured in Publishers Weekly‘s BookLife Reviews.
…concise, compelling, and challenging exploration of how humanity became what it is.

February 22, 2021 ✯✯✯✯✯ IndiesToday.
“…skillfully debunks the romantic concept of war and compels readers to give thought to why we do what we do… If you are passionate about living in a more humane world, you will be invigorated by [this] thought-provoking book”

Kirkus Reviews logoFebruary 2, 2021, Featured in Kirkus Reviews.
“…the book’s scientific analysis, which spans Darwin’s concept of evolution to cutting-edge psychology, is a welcome addition to historical conversations…”

September 30, 2020,, (Blog of the Mathematical Association of America).
“How did we come to accept that those in positions of power and authority can engage in acts of corruption or violence as a matter of course, and at the same time accept that for ‘ordinary’ citizens, these same acts are appropriately met with sanctions up to and including punishment by death?”

August 15, 2019, Interview with Steven Sabludowsy for
[Abraham’s perspective is] fascinating and frightening not just as an explanation to understanding the people who have transformed mankind, but what it portends for the future, which just might not be so kind.”

June 4, 2019, Robin Levin wrote a review on her blog, The Death of Carthage.
If you are at all interested in politics and in the future of our country and, indeed, the future of mankind, this may be the most important book you will ever read.”

June 4, 2019, review in San Diego Jewish World.
“The term ‘must-read’ has been so overused. But Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths is a must-read… a must-own… and, most of all, a must-ponder.

June 3, 2019, Review in The Vermilion by Brianne Hendricks.
As an emergency physician and an evolutionary biologist, Abraham has a unique look on the world and how it works…

May 29, 2019, Three-part interview by journalist Joe Gandelman in his highly-respected political blog,
[Abraham] convincingly makes (and documents) the case that despite often romantic images, kings and conquerors were vicious criminals — and the fact that they were psychopaths, narcissists, and sadists became whitewashed, almost in a form of mass hypnosis.

May 15, 2019, New Generation Indie Book Awards.
Winner, Current Events/Social Change.
Finalist, Historical Non-Fiction.
There’s no question about it: this is an unsavory subject, but an irresistible one. Abraham paints fascinating (if very dark) portraits of the worst of humanity, and tries to answer that most important of questions— why does society give power to despots and demagogues? If you liked Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, you’ll want to read this book.”

March 29, 2019, Luncheon Speaker, Tulane University School of Medicine History of Medicine Society.

March 24, 2019, Book review by Boston journalist Carol Beggy:
This book is a must-read for all of us who think we know what is going on and how to read the ‘electorate.’ I believe that this book will stand the test of time and scrutiny.

March 19, 2019, VIP Guest at conference organized by the World Mental Health Coalition, ‘The Dangerous State of the World and the Need for Fit Leadership,’ National Press Club, Washington DC.

Billboard for Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths

Billboard for Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths unveiled in Lafayette along Interstate 10, February 9, 2019,

February 7, 2019, Los Angeles Review of Books, ‘A Privileged Violence’.
“…reviews the historical precedent for accepting corruption and violence from our authorities. Why do we excuse an act, unforgivable if committed by an ordinary citizen, if executed or ordered by a leader?

February 26, 2019, Featured Speaker ‘Designing Leaders‘ University of Louisiana College of Engineering select leadership training program.

February 14, 2019, Included in La Parole from the Acadian Museum.

February 6, 2019, Interview with Dr. Pearson Cross on Bayou to Beltway, broadcast on KRVS, UL’s NPR-affiliated radio station.
A conversation with Dr. Joe Abraham engages by linking disparate and (seemingly) unrelated events into a coherent whole that exposes new facets of interpretation and analysis. For those who want their minds expanded and blown: Dr. Abraham is the man.

February 4, 2019, Return appearance on Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster, broadcast on WRKF, the Baton Rouge NPR affiliate. (First appearance December 27, 2081, below.)
“Dr. Abraham is a true Renaissance Man. He is one of the most articulate guests to appear on Talk Louisiana. He is as fluent with words as he was in the Emergency Room. His vast life experience provides a special glimpse into our contemporary world and how it was shaped by our forebears.”

Joseph N. Abraham, MD, speaking to the Sons of the American Revolution - Attakapas Chapter.

Dr. Abraham speaks to the Sons of the American Revolution.
(Click for full-size image)

January 16, 2019, Featured Speaker, Sons of the American Revolution—Attakapas Chapter.
Stimulating, interesting, challenging, engaging. I think Dr. Abraham woke up some minds.

January 13, 2019, The Acadiana Advocate:
“Abraham traces the last 10,000 years, from the era of kings and conquerors to the modern world and its own ugly truths.”

January 12, 2019, Times-Picayune:
“In 10 chapters, Abraham traces the last 10,000 years, from the era of kings and conquerors to the modern world and its own ugly truths.”

January 10, 2019, The Acadiana Advocate: review & podcast with Jan Swift (vide infra).
…provides insight into historical patterns of power and dominance at all levels of government, religion and corporate existence.

January 8, 2019, Featured Speaker, Rotary Club of Lafayette North, Vermilionville Living Museum & Folklife Park.

December 27, 2018, WRKF, the NPR affiliate in Baton Rouge, on Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster:
“Dr. Abraham provides unique and important insights for our world at large. This book is a must-read for any American concerned about the future of our society.”

November 28, 2018, Radio 103.7 The Game with Dave Schultz.

November 20, 2018, 106THREE Radio Lafayette; Z105.9; and Mustang 107.1 with Tanya Ardoin:
This is a fresh research perspective of history. I found it very easy to read… I could just see what Dr. Abraham was talking about. I enjoyed it.

Bayou State Book Talks

Schedule for the 2018 Bayou State Book Talks. (Click for full-sized image.)

November 13, 2018, Featured Speaker, Bayou State Book Talks.

October 25, 2018, Invited speaker, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, US Naval Academy.
Detailed, engaging, and provocative examination of our shared history.”
Dr. Marcus Hedahl.

October 18, 2018, UL Press interview.

October 14, 2018, Review in Louisiana Book News.

September 23, 2018, Book signing at Interabang Books, Dallas.

September 22, 2018, Book signing at Half-Price Books, Fort Worth

Joseph N. Abraham, MD, Interabang Books.

Notice in the Dallas Morning News on the Interbang book signing September 23rd. (Click for larger image.)

September 20, 2018: Invited speaker, Department of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Arlington.
An engaging and enjoyable presentation… Dr. Abraham’s book offers a new lens from which to see how so-called leaders move into positions of authority and power.
Alejandro Rodriguez, Ph.D.

September 18, 2018: Book Launch, Marcello’s Restaurant

September 18, 2018: Interview, Après-Midi, KRVS / Radio Acadie (3:30 PM)
“I felt like I was reading something during the Crusades or a thousand years before, but I think that’s one thing over and over again you feel when you’re reading this book: you begin in far-away history, but you begin to realize that it comes so close to our present day.
Judith Meriwether.

July 21, 2018: GPGC Reunion (video), McNeese State University

July 19, 2018: Discover Lafayette podcast with Jan Swift.
…a fascinating interview of powerful conquerors throughout the past 10,000 years… a great insight into historical patterns of power and dominance at all levels of government, religion and corporate existence.

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Picture of Dr. Abraham by Robin May Photography.