Who Makes History and Why

Dean Keith Simonton

May 20, 1994
ISBN 9780898623703
Price: $108.00 $75.60
502 Pages
Size: 6⅛" x 9¼"
May 21, 1994
ISBN 9780898622010
Price: $53.00 $37.10
502 Pages
Size: 6⅛" x 9¼"

“Only a great book could do justice to greatness throughout the ages, and Simonton has produced one.”


“This is a book that might be used as a text or as a reference but here's the great part: It can be read for enjoyment!...Simonton has created a monument to completeness and complexity, but it is highly readable. The book is replete with fascinating tables, lists, and charts about individuals deemed as great who share a common characteristic....The book is very well written, full of examples and creative interpretation, persuasive, and up to date. This is a great book about greatness.”

—Malcolm James Ree in Personnel Psychology

“Simonton's book is so comprehensive and so engagingly written that, if major research universities regularly offered courses in the psychology of history, Greatness: Who Makes History and Why would be widely adopted as a text. The book is, in short, a tour de force: spirited, erudite, and entertaining - well within the reach of advanced undergraduates.”

—Philip E. Tetlock

“Fascinating, thorough, varied, readable, good text for students.”

—Joel Funk, Plymouth State College, New Hampshire

“Everything you wanted to know—and more—about the great historical figures who have shaped culture and society, Dean K. Simonton, our most prolific psychologist in the field of creativity studies, has assembled here a treasure-trove of facts and observations that will delight the reader, and serve as a useful reference for many years to come.”

—Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., The University of Chicago, author of FLOW: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Dean Simonton's book on Greatness is a tour de force that explores the many aspects of greatness, including intelligence, creativity, leadership, social forces, and more. The book combines Simonton's own pathbreaking analyses of greatness with those of others, providing essential reading for anyone interested in what makes some people stand out from the rest. The book is written in a lucid, engaging style that will interest laypeople as well as professionals in all disciplines who wish to know what makes some people stand out from the rest.”

—Robert J. Sternberg, Ph.D., Yale University, author of The Nature Of Creativity

“Dean Keith Simonton has long been esteemed within the social sciences for his pioneering studies of creativity, leadership, and genius. Now he has produced a fascinating, accessible, and authoritative survey of work in this area. Students and seasoned experts are equally in his debt.”

—Howard Gardner, Ph.D., Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

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