"A tour de force, it will surely transform historical understanding of our 30th president. A one man interdisciplinary team, Gilbert has creatively integrated sophisticated political analysis with astute clinical psychological perceptiveness to demonstrate persuasively that the detached, lackluster, failed leadership of Coolidge's presidency was a consequence of a major depression precipitated by the tragic death of his beloved younger son. This is a remarkable book."-Jerrold M. Post, M.D. Director, Political Psychology Program, George Washington University
Demonstrates that Calvin Coolidge suffered from clinical depression after the death of his teenaged son and served out the remainder of his presidency a sick and incapacitated man.