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Books, Journals, New Media
September 10, 2003

Political Psychology

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(10):1386-1387. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1386

From the large and prominent photographs of Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton on the front dust jacket, their names in a font larger and bolder than that of the main title, a reader might expect that the book consists of single, lengthy profiles of each. But, in fact, The Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders offers much more.

Editor Jerrold M. Post, MD, is professor of psychiatry, political psychology, and international affairs and director of the political psychology program at George Washington University. Previously, he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, where he founded and directed its Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior. He has an impressive reputation as an expert on the psychology of political leadership and has been able to recruit contributions from among the top psychiatrists and psychologists in the field. Contributors besides Post include Margaret Hermann, Stanley Renshon, Peter Suedfeld, Philip Tetlock, Stephen Walker, Walter Weintraub, and David Winter. These researchers represent a diversity of approaches. Some favor qualitative analyses, others more quantitative. Some focus on motivation, others on cognition.

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