Greatness: Who Makes History and why

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Guilford Press, 1994 M05 21 - 502 pages
In this path-breaking work, Dean Keith Simonton examines a range of important personalities and events that have influenced the course of history. He discusses how people who go down in history might be different from the rest of us, and explores which personality traits predispose certain people to become world leaders, movie stars, scientific geniuses, and star athletes. In exploring the psychology of greatness, this fascinating work also sheds light on the characteristics that any of us may share with history-making people.

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Simonton (psychology, Univ. of California-Davis) calls this a psychology of history and not a work on psychohistory, though he includes a discussion of the latter. The subtitle of the book might more ... Read full review

Contents

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XXXVII
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XXXVIII
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XXXIX
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XL
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XLI
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XXXIV
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XXXVI
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Dean Keith Simonton, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis, has published more than 100 articles and five books on various aspects of history-making personalities and events.

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