"The Hypomanic Edge reveals a
secret history of America, the hidden psychiatric underbelly
of legendary successes and the cult of celebrity. John Gartner
tells the story with gripping detail and a clinician's authority.
After this book, you'll never read the business pages in quite
the same way."
-- Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional
"America is a land settled by
adventurers and risk takers, and the mania that made it great
seems to be bred into its genes. In this provocative and interesting
book, John Gartner explores that theory with vivid case studies
and an expert's understanding of clinical psychology."
-- Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin
"Gartner's genius is to make
visible a psychological phenomenon that is part of our history
and daily lives which we didn't see before. It will change
the way Americans think of themselves and incite hypomania
envy among the normal people of the world."
-- Harry Segal, Ph.D., Department of
Psychology, Cornell University
"Finally someone gets it. Through fabulous profiles of
the likes of Carnegie, Hamilton, the Selznicks and the Mayers
-- my favorites -- John D. Gartner explains how brains hardwired
for success, otherwise known as hypomania, have contributed
so much to the richness of our great country. Three cheers
for Gartner. He recognizes that hypomania is integral to the
success of those who challenge every assumption on the way
to creating fabulous wealth, brilliant movies, and, yes, even
-- James Cramer, markets commentator
and thestreet.com and author of Confessions of a Street Addict
"Examining an assortment of historical and present-day
movers and shakers through the lens of modern psychiatry,
Gartner has come up with a diagnosis that could well help
explain what makes America, well, America. The Hypomanic Edge
is a surprising -- and thoroughly engaging -- book."
-- Joe Nocera, Editorial Director of
Fortune, author of A Piece of the Action
"It's very interesting...it explains
a lot about America."
-- Richard Cohen, Columnist, The Washington
Post (chosen as a "hot pick")
"...Engaging, and a refreshingly
novel twist on psychohistory"