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Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President


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With the Bush administration in permanent crisis, a renowned Washington psychoanalyst updates his portrait of George W.'s public persona—and how it has damaged the presidency.

Insightful and accessible, courageous and controversial, Bush on the Couch sheds startling new light on George W. Bush's psyche and its impact on the way he governs, tackling head-on the question few seem willing to ask: Is our president psychologically fit to run the country? With an eye for the subtleties of human behavior sharpened by thirty years of clinical practice, Dr. Justin A. Frank traces the development of Bush's character from childhood through his presidency, identifying and analyzing his patterns of thought, action, and communication. The result is a troubling portrait filled with important revelations about our nation's leader—including disturbing new insights into:

  • How Bush reacted to the 2006 Democratic sweep in Congress with a new surge of troops into Iraq
  • His telling habits and coping strategies—from his persistent mangling of English to his tendency to "go blank" in the midst of crisis
  • The tearful public breakdown of his father, George H. W. Bush, and what it says about the former president's relationship to his prominent sons
  • The debacle of Katrina—the moment when Bush's arrogance finally failed him

With a new introduction and afterword, Bush on the Couch offers the most thorough and candid portrait to date of arguably the most psychologically damaged president since Nixon.

Book News Annotation:

First published in the middle of the 2004 presidential campaign, Frank's (psychiatry, George Washington U.) look at the personality of the president is here enhanced with a new introduction and afterword. The chapters consider such aspects as affability and disability, the smirk, twisted tongues, and the man in mandate. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Justin A. Frank, M.D., is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University Medical Center. Since 1980 he has been a teaching analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He is past president of the Greater Washington Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Frank lives and practices psychoanalysis in Washington, D.C.

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Inside the Mind of the President
Frank, Justin A
by Justin A. Frank
Frank, Justin A., M.D.
Frank, Justin A.
Harper Paperbacks
Government - U.S. Government
Government - Executive Branch
General Political Science
Bush, George W
Bush, George W - Psychology
Politics - General
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