The Nation: Candidate on the Couch

Every President is essentially a mystery until his presidency begins to unfold. Often he is judged at the end of his term of office to be a very different man than at the beginning: consider Lyndon Johnson. But so hazardous is the world today, so annihilating the power in the hands of the President, that his character deserves closer scrutiny than it usually gets in the Darwinian American election process.

One man attempting such psychopolitical analysis is James David Barber, chairman of the political science department at Duke University. In a new book, The...

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