The Kaiser

wilhelm_ii-_1905My friend Marilyn sent me an article from the New Yorker (What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?) about Kaiser Wilhelm II.  I don’t like heavy handed comparisons, but it made for an interesting read.  Sent me to the Wiki page on Kaiser Wilhelm II, in particular his personality.  A quote from a biography:

… gifted, with a quick understanding, sometimes brilliant, with a taste for the modern,—technology, industry, science—but at the same time superficial, hasty, restless, unable to relax, without any deeper level of seriousness, without any desire for hard work or drive to see things through to the end, without any sense of sobriety, for balance and boundaries, or even for reality and real problems, uncontrollable and scarcely capable of learning from experience, desperate for applause and success,—as Bismarck said early on in his life, he wanted every day to be his birthday—romantic, sentimental and theatrical, unsure and arrogant, with an immeasurably exaggerated self-confidence and desire to show off …