Hubris - The Road to Donald Trump by David Owen [H]


Owen, David

01/11/2018 | Hardback |

ISBN: 9780413778215

About Hubris - The Road to Donald Trump by David Owen [H]

A brilliant exposé of the mental and physical condition of UK & US political leaders, past and present. 

In Hubris: The Road to Donald Trump, David Owen analyses and describes the mental and physical condition of political leaders past and present with a particular view that what went before paved the way to President Trump. Of recent leaders there have been depressives, alcoholics, narcissists, populists and those affected by hubris syndrome and driven by their religious beliefs, as with Bush and Blair. But Donald Trump presents a completely different set of issues. This book is the first to place him in his historical, political, philosophical and medical context. It is appropriate that it should come from someone uniquely qualified to do so. A writer on Military Conversations of 1906–14, the War Cabinet in 1940 and UK foreign policy post Brexit, David Owen was British Foreign Secretary 1977–79 and EU peace negotiator in the Balkans 1992–95. As a former neuroscientist he has written extensively on hubris syndrome in journals like Brain and in 2008 in his classic book, In Sickness and In Power, still in print in a revised edition. This new book goes a long way to answer the question: is Trump persuadable? Bill Gates has an interesting reply in the Guardian. ‘Yes, one of the things you can say, plus or minus, is in very few areas does he have a fixed ideology. If there’s something where he feels he can look smart, particularly if it’s doing things in a different way than was done before, then yes, I think he’s open-minded.’

1st November 2018 / £19.99 / 978 0 413 77821 5 / Demy Hardback / 416pp


David Owen

David Owen (Lord Owen) trained and practised as a medical doctor before being elected a Labour MP in his home city of Plymouth. He served as Foreign Secretary under James Callaghan from 1977 until 1979. He co-founded and went on to lead the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and is now a Crossbencher in the Lords. Among many books, he is the author of In Sickness and In Power - Illness in Heads of Government during the last 100 years, The Hubris Syndrome, Balkan Odyssey, a powerful autobiography, Time to Declare, the updated edition of which was published as part of Politico's Great Statesmen Series in August 2009, and a poetry anthology, Seven Ages.

David Owen is the author of a number of books on political subjects including The Hubris Syndrome (Methuen) and In Sickness and In Power (Methuen), both in-depth studies of the health of leaders in governments and the impact of illness on their effectiveness in office. He served as a Labour Party Member of Parliament for twenty-six years during which time he was Health Minister (1974–76) under Harold Wilson and Foreign Secretary (1976–79) under James Callaghan. He left the Labour Party when, under Michael Foot’s leadership, it lurched too far to the left. David Owen was one of the ‘Gang of Four’ to found the Social Democratic Party in 1983, which he led on two separate occasions. In 1992 David Owen was created a Life Peer and now sits as an independent social democrat in the House of Lords. Before entering Parliament, Lord Owen trained as a medical doctor at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, where he was Clinical Neurologist and Psychiatric Registrar. He has championed the NHS throughout its existence and is now a powerful advocate for its reinstatement to its original purpose.


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