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.
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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