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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (May 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231108540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231108546
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,082,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historians who dismiss psychobiographies as psychobabble will now have to consider this reasoned case for applying psychoanalytic interpretation to the study of presidential leadership. Volkan (psychiatry, Univ. of Virginia) and Norman Itzkowitz, a historian with psychoanalytic training, along with Andrew W. Dod, a former student of Itzkowitz, present a thoughtful portrait of Nixon that in no small part attributes his motivations, accomplishments, and failures to the emotional deprivation and physical beatings he endured from his mother and father, respectively. The White House tapes, illustrating Nixon's narcissism, were installed to validate his lasting importance, while Watergate resulted from his paranoia?the need to go to any extreme to be number one. This illuminating portrait is counterbalanced by the historical biographies of Stephen Ambrose (the three-volume Nixon, LJ 5/1/87 LJ 11/1/89, LJ 10/15/91), Roger Morris (Richard Milhous Nixon, LJ 12/89), and Joan Hoff (Nixon Reconsidered, LJ 7/94). Strongly recommended for specialized collections on the presidency.?Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Readable and provocative....Volkan, Itzkowitz and Dod have offered insight into how the personalities of leaders develop and why some leaders fall from grace. Biographers of Bill Clinton take note.

(Dean J. Kotolowski, Ohio University Journal of American History)

Historians who dismiss psychobiographies as psychobabble will now have to consider this reasoned case for applying psychoanalytic interpretation to the study of presidential leadership.

(Library Journal)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra N. on October 8, 2013
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This is an excellent book that addresses the many dimensions of Nixon and many of the different elements of his personality. After reading through this book, I developed a better understanding of the psychology of the man and his possible motivations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Non tolerating tolerati on November 26, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this psychobiography for a variety of reasons. The authors have unveiled a man with deep and abiding internal conflicts who suffered substantially in his childhood. Any journey inside another's mind is fascinating, but a journey inside of Nixon's is truly breathtaking. His father beat him. His mother abandoned him several times and NEVER said, "I love you" to him. He lost two brothers growing up and needed to assume the mantle of oldest son. The stories go on and on and one can see the links between his emotional development and the way he viewed the world. It's simply amazing to see how they linked his early, formative years to his conduct in office, analyzing it all through a single, crisp prism.

As I read this book in earnest, I wondered aloud about our current president and his formative years. He too was abandoned by his father and later by his mother. I wonder whether such traumatic life events drive individuals to become super achievers, always in search of adoration and applause.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lucio Sergio Catilina on February 12, 2004
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Psycobiograghies are new in genre, but they may be enlightening, provided the subject that is being studied is analysed deeply.
So, to write a similar kind of work regarding so complex a man as was Richard Nixon requires a good amount of knowledge about his life, his personal and political choices and particularly the latter for the very reason that are the most delicate : how can this be accomplished with a book a mere 149 pages ? Inevitably the informations here given verge on the general and the analysis done seems to be a little bit amateurish. Although the book is good to read, it certainly does not say the last word on Nixon'personality - not in the least !
In the end, I appreciate the choice of having chosen former president Nixon as a subject, but that would have required a very bigger work, at least three times as big as the size of the present book.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Homer Simpson on July 8, 2006
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Just a quick review to help offset the irresponsible review by the person from Italy. It was clear to me that he had not read the book, but had only seen the number of pages in the book and made his rash conclusions based on that sole piece of evidence. But quantity does not by any means imply quantity. Idiota!
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