One by one he puts several Founding
Fathers and a handful of epic-level business leaders--the
likes of Columbus, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Carnegie, and
genome giant Craig Ventor--through psychological tests to
determine whether they fit the hypomanic mold. Turns out,
Gartner says, that not only have many of the nation's most
charismatic leaders been certifiable hypomanics but at least
one was, quite likely, genuinely bipolar. Lest anybody think
this is a bad thing, Gartner asserts that without the risk-taking,
no-holds-barred temperaments of these overachievers, the U.S.
would never have gained its current status as the wealthiest
nation in the world. Entertaining, thought-provoking stuff.
Gartner, John D.. The Hypomanic
Edge: The Bipolar Disorder That Made America the Most Successful
Nation in the World. 2005 Reviewed in Booklist, March
1, 2005. Page 1114