America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation

America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation

Joshua Kendall


while so much people think about Charles Lindbergh, we photo a rushing twenty-five-year-old aviator stepping out of the Spirit of St. Louis after finishing his solo flight around the Atlantic. What we don't see is the awkward highschool scholar, who most well-liked ogling new devices on the ironmongery store to staring at ladies stroll by means of of their summer time clothes. certain, Lindbergh's specific mind-set invented the pre-flight list, yet his obsession with order additionally led him to call for that his spouse and 3 German mistresses account for all their loved ones bills in distinctive ledgers.
Lucky Lindy is only one of numerous American icons whom Joshua Kendall places at the psychologist's sofa in AMERICA'S OBSESSIVES. during this interesting examine the arc of yank background in the course of the lens of compulsive habit, he exhibits how a few of our nation's maximum achievements-from the statement of Independence to the discovery of the iPhone-have roots within the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood.
Starting with the obsessive natures of a few of Silicon Valley's titans, together with Steve Jobs, Kendall strikes directly to profile seven iconic figures, reminiscent of founding father Thomas Jefferson, licentious librarian Melvil Dewey, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder. This final character was once so enthusiastic about touching different women's faces that she reworked her compulsion right into a multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation.
Entertaining and instructive, Kendall deals up a number of scoops alongside the best way: Little do such a lot american citizens understand that Charles Lindbergh, lower than the alias Clark Kent, sired seven little ones along with his 3 German "wives." As Lindbergh's daughter Reeve informed Kendall, "Now i do know why he was once long past rather a lot. I additionally comprehend why he was once overjoyed while i used to be studying German."

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