An arresting book that casts political science out the window and explains leadership through comparisons with chimpanzees, baboons and gorillas.
Washington Post Book World, review of King of the Mountain.
While mental disturbances may provide individuals with an underlying sense of unease that seems necessary for sustained creative activity, these disturbances are not the only source for inner tension... chronic physical ailments may give someone a heightened sense of urgency to leave a mark on the world and achieve immortality through creative greatness.Arnold M. Ludwig
There was no future and no past. The present was eternity.Arnold M. Ludwig
Ludwig’s penetrating observations, though presented in a lighthearted and entertaining way, offer important insight into why humans have engaged in war throughout recorded history as well as suggesting how they might live together in peace.Arnold M. Ludwig
This is an excellent research report that should, once and for all, resolve senseless controversies about the correlation of creativity with psychopathology.Arnold M. Ludwig
Ludwig also provides a brief, quite brilliant exposition and critique of the concept of an "authentic" self, noting that it is rooted in a male Victorian ethos and that it has been overshadowed by the more contemporary American notion of self-invention. Ludwig's beautifully written and intellectually provocative book is one of those rare works that offer fresh, profound insights, moving the reader to think probingly about his or her own life and self.Arnold M. Ludwig
A thoroughly readable and rich introduction to...the process of recovery from alcoholism.Arnold M. Ludwig
Ludwig offers a unique integrative perspective which encompasses the clinical wisdom accrued through twenty-five years of experience as an alcoholism researcher and therapist....The book serves as an excellent primer for clinicians and recovering persons on a practical and multiperspective approach to alcoholism treatment.Arnold M. Ludwig
An excellent little book highly informative, full of challenging and stimulating ideas, and teeming with shrewd clinical insights.Arnold M. Ludwig
Useful for physicians who wish to understand alcoholism and the recovery process, and to gain anecdotal evidence of this process, which is presented by using the words of recovering alcoholics....Can be of great value to those many physicians faced with individual patients who are drinking too much.Arnold M. Ludwig
People may choose to ignore their animal heritage by interpreting their behavior as divinely inspired, socially purposeful, or even self-serving, all of which they attribute to being human, but they masticate, fornicate, and procreate, much as chimps and apes do, so they should have little cause to get upset if they learn that they act like other primates when they politically agitate, debate, abdicate, placate, and administrate, too.Arnold M. Ludwig