Joe Gandelman, long-time writer & editor of the political website The Moderate Voice, interviews Joe Abraham about his book, Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths.
The term ‘must-read’ has been soooooo overused. But Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths is a must-read… must-own… and, most of all, a must-ponder.”
Some months back I sent Joe Gandelman— journalist, political commentator, and long-time editor of the highly-respected website, The Moderate Voice— a review copy of Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths. He was one of the first to recognize the pressing nature of the thesis, and his foresight and perceptiveness was validated by the recent international award the book received. Gandelman questioned me by email about the book, current events, psychopaths, and writing.
Follows is the introduction to his three-part interview on The Moderate Voice.
Some political observers and historians feel that authoritarianism, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, is making a comeback in the United States and in Europe after being discredited and (in part) defeated during World War II. The questions are always: how does that happen? Is it the strength of personalities, or ideologies that become unstoppable? Where did it start and can’t we be comforted by all the powerful kings and conquerors throughout history?
In his must-read, can’t-put-it-down book Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths: From Alexander to Hitler to the Corporation, Joseph N. Abraham provides a fresh take on these and other questions, backing it up with solid (often shocking) research that concludes we can’t just blame authoritarians but those who follow, obey, and emulate them. It is virtually in humanity’s genetics. He convincingly makes (and documents) the case that despite often romantic images, kings and conquerors were vicious criminals — and the fact the they were psychopaths, narcissists, and sadists became whitewashed, almost in a form of mass hypnosis. Much of what they did and actually were like somehow vanished from cultural perceptions over time.
To continue reading Joe Gandelman’s interview, click here: The Moderate Voice.
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