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The Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders: With Profiles of Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton
edited by Jerrold M. Post
University of Michigan Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-472-06838-8 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02275-5 | Cloth: 978-0-472-09838-5
Library of Congress Classification JC330.3.P79 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.019


In an age when world affairs are powerfully driven by personality, politics require an understanding of what motivates political leaders such as Hussein, Bush, Blair, and bin Laden. Through exacting case studies and the careful sifting of evidence, Jerrold Post and his team of contributors lay out an effective system of at-a-distance evaluation. Observations from political psychology, psycholinguistics and a range of other disciplines join forces to produce comprehensive political and psychological profiles, and a deeper understanding of the volatile influences of personality on global affairs.

Even in this age of free-flowing global information, capital, and people, sovereign states and boundaries remain the hallmark of the international order -- a fact which is especially clear from the events of September 11th and the War on Terrorism.

Jerrold M. Post, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology, and International Affairs, and Director of the Political Psychology Program at George Washington University. He is the founder of the CIA's Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior.

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