Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Book Review Tuesday: Andy Warhol was a Hoarder #bookreview #nationalgeographic

Book Review for: Andy Warhol was a Hoarder
Written by: Claudia Kalb
National Geographic Society
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1467-7
I read: the ebook

4 Stars

Engrossing and Insightful

Kalb paints a picture of how mental illness has influenced some of the greatest personalities in history. Topics explored: Did Lincoln suffer from depression? Was Einstein on the autistic spectrum? Did George Gershwin have ADHD? There's also a look at Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, and Betty Ford. Many aspects of the human psyche are explored including OCD, hoarding, and transgender.

Each story discusses the historical surrounding of the celebrity's life, then Kalb makes her case for why that person had a mental health condition. Kalb gives the reader a fascinating look into what made some of history's most poignant characters tick.

Kalb's writing style is easy to read and engages the reader. Her tone is genuine and sincere. How Andy Warhol hid his hoarding behavior was the story that surprised me the most. Betty Ford's story was the one that touched me the most as it's a struggle many can identify with.

The book takes a psychological look at the unique people who have touched our lives. It's, fascinating, riveting, and engrossing. I highly recommend this book.

Note: April is National Austism Month. Has austism affected your life? What support groups/resources would you recommend? 

Question for you:  Which historical figure would like you to learn more about?  Did you know Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer has ADHD? What stories inspire you? 

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