The subtitle is Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers, and the editor is Elizabeth D. Samet. Here’s the shocking truth: these really are writings by our greatest thinkers! Usually I am allergic to the topic of leadership and all the more allergic to edited volumes. But this book has well chosen excerpts from Thucydides, Cervantes, Borges, Marcus Aurelius, Tolstoy, Milton, Plutarch, and Shakespeare, among many others, and a variety of moderns, including Mandela, Gandhi, Frederick Douglass, and Osip Mandelstam’s poem on Stalin.
This is actually a remarkable book.