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Richard Nixon
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A psychoanalytic portrait of Richard Nixon, this text aims to provide an insight not only into Nixon's psyche, but also into the way it influemced his political decisions, whether shrewd or disastrous. The authors explore Nixon's difficult upbringing - his abusive father and emotionally-distant mother; the tragic deaths of two of his brothers; his rejection by the first women he hoped to marry; the pursuit of his eventual wife; and other apparently shaping episodes and characters. The book also examines moments in Nixon's presidency that have provoked much speculation: his attempt to talk to Vietnam war protesters during a late-night visit to the Lincoln Memorial; and his keeping of the White House tapes.
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The first rigorous psychoanalytic investigation into the heart and mind of Nixon explores the forces and events that shaped his complex personality, presenting an enlightening portrait of a troubled man whose insecurities doomed him to suffer the most sensational downfall in American political history.

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Vamik D. Volkan is the director of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction and professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia and coauthor of Siblings in the Unconscious and Psychopathology.Norman Itzkowitz is professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University and a member of the International Relations Division of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction at the University of Virginia. He is coauthor of The Immortal Ataturk: A Psychobiography.Andrew W. Dod is a senior executive with Crescent Communications, an Atlanta based marketing consulting firm.

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Readable and provocative...Volkan, Itzkowitz and Dod have offered insight into how the personalities of leaders develop and why some leaders fall from grace. Biographers of Bill Clinton take note. -- Dean J. Kotolowski, Ohio University Journal of American History Historians who dismiss psychobiographies as psychobabble will now have to consider this reasoned case for applying psychoanalytic interpretation to the study of presidential leadership. Library Journal

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