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Thomas Woodrow Wilson: A Psychological Study

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Bullitt was psychoanalyzed by Freud in Vienna in the 20s. Patient & analyst became good friends, deciding to write a book together, a psychobiographical study of Woodrow Wilson. This was exceptional, as Freud rarely cooperated with other authors. The book, 1st published in Europe in the 30s did not appear until '66 in the USA. When it did, many psychoanalysts doubted t ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published 1966 by Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston) (first published 1939)
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Oct 08, 2008 Raully rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
Its a bad day when Sigmund Freud decides to write your life story.
Richard Epstein
One of the dopiest books ever written by a great thinker.* Essentially, Freud didn't have any of what he needed to do a proper analysis†, so he just made shit up. I give the book its second star for the sheer entertainment value of the silly spectacle. I only wish he had psychoanalyzed Moses. Oh, wait. He did. Okay, Trump. Freud on Trump, including "Some additional thoughts on bad hairpieces."‡

*Okay, "co-written."

†Whatever that might mean.

‡"Ein paar Gedanken zur schlechten Haarteile."
Erik Graff
Jul 28, 2012 Erik Graff rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people really interested in Freud or Bullitt
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
Certainly not Freud's best book. No one is sure, beyond Freud's introduction, Bullitt's foreword and digest, who wrote what in this book coauthored with diplomat William C. Bullitt. The only portion of it that is really consistently interesting is the aforementioned digest entitled "Digest of Data on the Childhood and Youth of Thomas Woodrow Wilson"--but, then, I didn't know much about Wilson beyond his period as president.

To pay him back in his own suit, I suspect Freud was interested in this p
Jeff Carpenter
Dec 20, 2015 Jeff Carpenter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woodrow Wilson as a hero of this country? How did that delusion ever com to pass?
Aug 27, 2008 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is much here that one finds only in little snippets elsewhere when reading about Wilson the president, the man, the husband. It is a scathing report on what the authors believe to be very deep faults in this president, and how these faults drove him unmercifully. Makes one wish that all potential presidents could be analyzed before being allowed into office ... or maybe not. A disturbing book by Sigmund Freud and a lesser-known co-author.
P.J. Sullivan
Claims that Woodrow Wilson had fourteen nervous breakdowns. A collaborative work of Sigmund Freud and William C. Bullitt.
RK Byers
May 17, 2010 RK Byers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
as nutty as Freud was, it literally amazes me that he was legally allowed to do psychological studies on anybody!
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