"The crucial role of personality in shaping the political behavior of leaders of states and movements has been amply demonstrated in recent events, ranging from the Soviet demise to the 9/11 cataclysm and the Iraq war. In this seminal book, Post presents a variety of psychological theories, models, and methods to explain the behavior of leaders in times of crisis. . . . Clearly, these essays are pioneering contributions and essential reading for leaders, policy makers, intelligence analysts, academic specialists, and the thinking public."―Choice, March 2005
"A study of the effects of the ways in which social background, childhood trauma, illness, cultural conditioning, and more influence the behavior of leaders. The author draws upon a broad variety of largely modern examples."―The NYMAS Review, No. 30 Spring 2004
"Understanding our opponents is vitally important in a world of terrorism. Jerrold M. Post has done many psychological profiles of foreign leaders for our presidents. In this book, he gives us valuable insights as to what we should be looking for."―Admiral Stansfield Turner, USN (ret.), Former Director of Central Intelligence
"Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World is a highly sophisticated psychoanalytic exploration of famous political leaders as well as lowly assassins and terrorists. The rich collection of examples makes extraordinarily stimulating reading, illustrating the variety of psychic factors that drive the people who shape history."―Fred C. Iklé, Distinguished Scholar, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
"At a time of urgent need to understand the motivations of bad as well as good leaders around the world, Jerrold M. Post offers acute insights and sophisticated analysis drawn from his mastery of leadership theory and his extensive experience in government. Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World is a must-read in the age of Hussein, Kim Jong Il, bin Laden, and Milosevic, whom he analyzes among others."―James MacGregor Burns, Williams College
"This is an extremely important book that all top U.S. national-security decision makers and students of international relations ought to read closely. Post's chapters on Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il and the mind of the terrorist are each worth the price of the book alone. Post is a singular talent who shows why this very important forgotten art needs to be brought back to full strength in the U.S. government."―Barry R. Schneider, Director, USAF Counterproliferation Center
"In today's world, where high-tech industry and weaponry give individuals enormous power, it is more important than ever to understand the purposes and dynamics of leading personalities. We are fortunate that Jerrold Post has led the way in assessing the personalities of those who have shaped contemporary history. Post's insightful psychological profiles have informed a generation of policymakers. They should also inspire political scientists to advance the techniques of analyzing the psychodynamics of leaders who shape the lives of millions."―Richard H. Solomon, President, United States Institute of Peace
"This book is an important and timely reminder of the complex interweave between personality and politics. Jerrold M. Post sheds light on how some leaders and their followers develop the capacity to gravely injure the common good."―Barbara Kellerman, Research Director, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
About the Author
Alexander George is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Amherst College. He is editor of "Reflections on Chomsky"" (1989) "Western State Terrorism" (1991) and "Mathematics and Mind" (1994).
Daniel J. Velleman is Professor of Mathematics at Amherst College. He is author of "How to Prove It: A Structured Approach" (1994) and co-author of "Which Way Did the Bicycle Go? And Other Intriguing Mathematical Mysteries" (with Joseph Konhauser and Stan Wagon, 1996).