The Hubris Syndrome

After watching Geir Haarde and Ingibjorg Solrun in action for the past few months my mother purchased this book. 

The Hubris Syndrome: Bush, Blair and the intoxication of power

“Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad, according to Euripides. And Lord Owen would agree. His new book blames the fiasco in Iraq on psychological failings in George Bush and Tony Blair – failings Owen dubs “the hubris syndrome”.Leaders suffering from hubris are usually emboldened by early successes, Owen explains – in Blair’s case, the intervention in Kosovo. They start to believe themselves capable of anything. “This excessive self-confidence leads them into misinterpreting the reality around them and into making mistakes. Eventually,” he writes, “they get their comeuppance and meet their nemesis, which destroys them.”

From an interview in The Guardian


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