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.
Appearances & Media
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, TheModerateVoice.com.
“[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: Two 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 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.
February 7, 2019, Book review in the Los Angeles Review of Books by Sam Rizak, ‘A Privileged Violence‘.
“Abraham 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 for the University of Louisiana College of Engineering ‘Designing Leaders‘ select leadership training program.
February 14, 2019, Notice in Warren Perrin’s widely distributed 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.”
January 16, 2019, Featured Speaker, Sons of the American Revolution—Attakapas Chapter, Lafayette Petroleum Club.
“Stimulating, interesting, challenging, engaging. I think Dr. Abraham woke up some minds.”
January 13, 2019, The Acadiana Advocate, ‘Louisiana Literature: Acadiana Doctor Publishes Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths’.
“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, a review of the book and my podcast with Jan Swift (vide infra).
“…provides insight into historical patterns of power and dominance at all levels of government, religion and corporate existence.”
December 27, 2018, 9:30AM: WRKF, the NPR affiliate in Baton Rouge, on Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster (listen here).
“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 20, 2018: Mustang 107.1 with Tanya Ardoin (listen to the interview); 106THREE Radio Lafayette with Morgan; and Z105.9 with Stephanie.
“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.”
Tanya, Mustang 107.1.
October 25, 2018: Invited speaker, US Naval Academy, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
“Detailed, engaging, and provocative examination of our shared history.”
Marcus Hedahl, Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law, USNA.
October 14, 2018: Review in Louisiana Book News.
September 23, 2018: Interabang Books, Dallas.
September 22, 2018: Half-Price Books, Fort Worth
September 20, 2018: UTA, Arlington TX
“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., Interim Chair, Department of Public Affairs
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, host of Apres-Midi.
July 21, 2018: GPGC Reunion (video), McNeese State University
July 19, 2018: Discover Lafayette Interview (podcast), Rader Solutions in the LITE Center.
“…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.”
Jan Swift, attorney and host of Discover Lafayette.
Picture of Dr. Abraham by Robin May Photography.