Presidential Personality and Performance

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Westview Press, 1998 - Political Science - 287 pages
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Drawing heavily on Wilson materials, early chapters of this book examine the relevance of psychoanalytic theory and the use of other psychodynamic approaches to case materials. Chapter 4 is the Georges' reply - published here in full for the first time - to a critical review of their work by historian Arthur S. Link and two of his colleagues. Chapter 5 discusses methods of writing psychobiography and assessing presidential character, including the psychological suitability of candidates for the office. The concluding chapter analyzes the presidential management styles of FDR, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, JFK, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton.

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Alexander L. George is professor emeritus of international relations at Stanford University. His extensive writings have won many awards, including the Bancroft Prize for Deterrence in American Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice (1974), coauthored with Richard Smoke; a five-year MacArthur Prize Fellowship; the 1997 National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War; and the 1998 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. From 1984 until her retirement in 1990, Juliette L. George was a senior scholar at the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. She is a leading scholar on Woodrow Wilson.

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