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  1. Madness and Greatness


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    According to Dr. Ghaemi, “Most of our heroes are seen as superheroes. We don’t really know the human beings who were Lincoln and Churchill and King and Gandhi, or even Hitler. They are…

  2. Michelangelo


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    Professor Wallace’s biography has been called “the most important re-assessment of Michelangelo in more than one hundred years. Not since Irving Stone’s novel The Agony and the Ecstasy…

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    • Abraham Lincoln


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      Certainly one of the greatest of all American lives, Abraham Lincoln has been the subject of more historical inquiry than any figure in the nation’s history. Almost 150 years after his death,…

    • Rasputin


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      The very name Rasputin evokes mystery – a whiff of the occult. Rasputin is famous for compelling eyes, mystical powers and a great sexual appetite. His death has become legendary. No other…

    • Ernest Hemingway


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      Ernest Hemingway was one of the most captivating personalities of the 20th century, not only because of his extraordinary literary achievements, but because of his headline-catching behavior. Hemingway…

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      • Bill Wilson


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        Born behind a hotel bar in East Dorset, Vermont in 1894, Bill Wilson grew up with a severe drinking problem. In solving it for himself, he found a way to solve it for others, and he ultimately cofounded…

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        • Queen Elizabeth II


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          As a child, “Lilibet,” as she was called, became the “heiress presumptive” to the British throne when her uncle abdicated. As a teenager she was photographed repairing Army…

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          • The Pacific Admirals of World War II


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            Only four men in American history have been accorded the five-star rank of Fleet Admiral. Interacting with one another over four decades, Chester W. Nimitz, William F. Halsey, Jr., William D. Leahy,…

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            • Winston Churchill


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              Winston Churchill was, by any standards, one of the greatest lives of the 20th century. During his half-century career as a military and political leader in Great Britain, Churchill endured numerous…

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              • Walter Cronkite


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                Born in Missouri but raised mainly in Texas, Walter Cronkite worked as a UPI reporter in Europe during WWII. He then moved into TV journalism eventually becoming anchor of CBS news in 1962 and working…

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                • Marian Anderson


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                  In 1939 Marian Anderson was at the peak of her career as an opera singer, yet she was denied the opportunity to present a concert at the DAR’s Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.—not…

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                  • Marilyn Monroe


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                    A photograph of a dreamy-eyed Marilyn Monroe among a group of Hollywood starlets captures vividly the description of herself in My Story, the autobiography she collaborated on with screenwriter Ben…

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