Feet of Clay-A Study of Gurus by Anthony Storr


This book discusses a dimension of the human personality, charismatic leadership which often excites much curiosity but which no one until now has been able to explain.

Every generation has its charismatic spiritual leaders, its gurus. Some are true saints while others conceal unspeakable depravity. Anthony Storr, Oxford professor of psychiatry, analyzes an interesting array of gurus and finds many commonalities among them–an isolated childhood, a need for certainty, a demand for obedience. He also elucidates aspects of this psychological profile in various intellectual, artistic, and political figures of history. This eye-opening book invokes a larger issue: in our search for guidance and truth, when and why do we cross the line from reasoned inquirer to unquestioning follower?

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A hard-cover edition with black boards, gilt lettering and illustrated, unclipped dust jacket. There is toning and foxing throughout but the text and black-and-white photographs and illustrations are clear and legible.  There is a previous owner’s blue ink inscription on the inside front page.  Covered in a removable clear plastic sleeve to protect it from damage.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, London.

Publication Date: 1996.

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