A renowned Washington, DC-based psychoanalyst examines George W Bush's public persona - and asks serious questions about whether he is fit for the office he holds.
In this book, Dr Justin Frank, a renowned Washington, DC-based psychoanalyst, assembles a comprehensive psychological profile of President George W Bush. Using the principles of Applied Psychoanalysis, the discipline of psychoanalysing public and historical figure pioneered by Freud, Frank fearlessly builds his case, which concludes with a most disturbing diagnosis.
With an eye for the subtleties of human behaviour sharpened through thirty years of clinical practice, Dr Frank traces the development of Bush's character from childhood to present day, identifying and analysing Bush's patterns of thought, behaviour and communication.
A thorough and authoritative examination of Bush's public appearances and speeches, along with historical, biographical, and journalistic records, this book is a compelling portrait of George W Bush, filled with controversial and disturbing revelations about our nation's leader:
- The scion of a powerful family that failed to nurture its first-born son even as it instilled within him a false sense of omnipotence
- An individual in the grip of anxieties that require a monumental effort to manage
- An untreated alcoholic supported by a nation of enablers
- A rigid thinker with a perilously simplistic worldview
- And a megalomaniacal leader driven to invent adversaries so he can destroy them
Insightful and accessible, courageous and controversial, 'Bush On The Couch' sheds startling new light on the Bush psyche and its impact on the way he governs, tackling head-on the question no one seems willing to ask: Is the president psychologically fit to run the country?