Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President
A renowned Washington, D.C.–based psychoanalyst examines George W. Bush's public persona–and asks serious questions about whether he is fit for the office he holds.
In Bush on the Couch Frank offers a comprehensive psychological profile of President George W. Bush using the principles of Applied Psychoanalysis, the discipline of psychoanalyzing public and historical figur...more
Some interesting, although rather obvious, insights into the president's personality. Of particular note is his view of Bush as a "dry drunk," or untreated abstaining alcoholic, and how the judgmental, rigid nature of such a person's world view dovetails perfectly with Bush's Christian fundamentalism and military adventurism.
Still, it should be said that any psychiatrist's attempt to analyze a public figure purely on the basis of the public record, without the benefit of a single clinical interv ...more
He begins with the obvious, and often-speculated points (like the President's possible learning disorder/dyslexia), and then moves down the pike to name some psychological characteristics that I found fascinating (and a bit ...more
I first read this book, just after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I came away from it with a better understanding of what drove not only President Bush, but Secretary Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney.
There are those who would question the validity of his assessment, given that Bush was never a pat ...more
The best thing about Bush was how fast he faded away; even cracking jokes about him isn't funny anymore. It was as though the man existed in momentary spurts of stupidity and silence, and when those moments were gone there was nothing left but the horror of his presence.
Anyway, Mr. Frank's book was completely necessary at th ...more
Produced in 2005, it answered the question why such a troubled person would seek the presidency, starting with his self-medication (alcohol) in prep school, through college until his "born again" status in 1985.
While one does not have to love psychology to understand the findings, it nevertheless provides an insight in how some people come to be who they are.
The reader is not over burdened with psychological language yet is is not simplistic.
This is a must read for those who are interested in the "new" Republican party.