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The Hero as Narcissist: How Lance Armstrong and Greg Mortenson Conned a Willing Public [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Burgo

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Product Description

We expect our modern heroes to triumph over adversity, remaining humble and selfless in the process. In their fictionalized self-portraits, Lance Armstrong ("It's Not About the Bike") and Greg Mortenson ("Three Cups of Tea") gave us exactly what we wanted.
 
This long-format essays explores revelations made by 60 Minutes and Jon Krakauer ("Three Cups of Deceit") about the self-serving lies Mortenson told, identifying the features of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the psychological portrait that emerges.  The author discusses Lance Armstrong's vindictive narcissism, and the shame that most likely lies behind it.
  
The essay concludes with a meditation upon modern heroes and what we expect of them, with reflections on the central role of fame and celebrity in our culture. 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 178 KB
  • Print Length: 13 pages
  • Publisher: New Rise Press (2 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C6FE68E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Burgo gets it exactly right again 28 April 2013
By Susan T - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
How is it that supposed heroes (in the public eye) are actually self-serving narcissists? This essay will show you how in sophisticated but crystal clear prose so that you'll feel fully enlightened after you've read it. This is a very satisfying, short-but-sweet read for anybody interested in psychology and social commentary.
2.0 out of 5 stars He should have read Hamilton's book. 26 April 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Just a point of clarity. The anecdote about Armstrong accosting Tyler Hamilton in the restaurant could not have occurred after the release of his book as claimed in the essay, since it is recounted in the book itself.

This essay is interesting, but a bit brief and lacking in all but the most basic psychiatric insight.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very simplistic 17 July 2013
By catslave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you have any education in psychology, skip this because you have already read this all before. If this is a new subject to you, then everything is explained very clearly and cogently.
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