Evil Genes Oakley, Barbara Prometheus Books (October 2008)

This is a study of brain injury and disfunction and a specific type of personality disorders which cn result.  In particular, Oakley looks at what she calls the “sinister successful,” those with a combination of disfunctions which reduce their empathy and heighten their social skills.  Machiavelian would be another descriptor.  Excellent people skills and lack of conpunction allow these people to climb over others, and the author uses famous leaders as examples.  She also uses the bizzare behavior of her own sister, an “evil” person in some ways, as a stepping off point in her study of how brain misfires can sometimes lead to what might be seen as immoral but very clever selfish behavior.

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