Author(s): Ed Wright
About 10 percent of the population is left-handed. However 16 percent of American presidents have been lefties. In fact, a disproportionately high number of left-handers factor in influential moments through history - from Julius Caesar to Bill Gates. Through fascinating case studies of notables from ancient to modern times, Ed Wright explains the secret of lefty success. Psychology meets history in this fascinating and popular look being left-handed and its effects on our world. The list of successful and influential people of the "sinister nation" wows the most jaded righty - Isaac Newton and Henry Ford; Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc and Napoleon; Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney and on and on. By exploring the defining characters traits of these and other famous lefties we uncover what the world can learn by viewing life from another angle.
Ed Wright is a social commentator and regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, and the Australian Financial Review. He was the co-founder of the satirical Strewth magazine and has a PhD in American Literature from the University of Sydney. He is the author of History's Greatest Scandals, published by Murdoch Books in 2006.