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The Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders: With Profiles of Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton Paperback – March 23, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0472068388 ISBN-10: 0472068385 Edition: 1st

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A nationally recognized expert on the psychology of political leadership, Jerrold M. Post, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology, and International Affairs at George Washington University Medical Center. Prior, he worked for the U.S. government, where he founded the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472068385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472068388
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Neil D. Myers on March 27, 2003
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Like the first reviewer, I too watched Post on C-Span describing his studies and answering questions. Unlike the first reviewer, I was struck by Post's professionalism, wisdom and mastery of his subject. He was also, quite righly, unwilling to be drawn into political debate, although some questioners attempted to goad him into it by making outrageous statements of political fiction disguised as questions.
I feel the first reviewer is biased and even admits to not having read the book.
This is a book that should be read be every thinking person who has an interest in world conflict and how the psychological make- up of leaders effects the conduct of their policies and administrations.
His description of Saddam Hussein, compiled after years of meticulous research and interviews, shows how a miserable childhood combined with a specific psychological make-up can produce a "malignant narcissist", who is a danger to everyone around him. It shows that trying to "give him a chance to reform", is a policy that is bound to fail, because it will only fan his delusions further. SH is not, according to Post a madman but a calculating planner with clear goals and objectives. SH is also, it seems, a murderous sociopath.
This book is like having the play-book on SH. It enables us to understand what he does, why he does it and how he is likely to react to events and to the pressure brought to bear on him by military action. It enables one to gain an insight into events beyond the polemic of political debate.
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This has been my valuable resource for my Master's thesis. It has everything I need (If I could, this would be my only source). My thesis is on Psychological profiles on world leaders, and this covers every detail.
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This book was purchased for my master's degree program class. It was very informative and covered the various methods for assessing a leader's profile. Well, worth the read!
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Quite interesting, even if one is not specifically interested in the personalities used as an example. It applies to all politicians.
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