The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.3 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Dan P. McAdams is the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Education and Social Policy, at Northwestern University. He is the author of nearly 300 scientific articles and chapters and seven books on personality development and psychological biography. He is a recipient of the Jack Block Award for career contributions to personality psychology, the Henry A. Murray Award for excellence in the study of lives, and the William James Award for his book, The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By (Oxford University Press, 2006). He is the author most recently of The Art and Science of Personality Development (Guilford Press, 2015). His work has been featured in many media outlets, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, as well as CNN, NPR, and other television and radio venues.


"Dan McAdams' analysis of the personality of Donald Trump is nothing short of a tour de force. Drawing on decades of research, McAdams offers fresh and startling insights into the development-more importantly, the lack of development-of Trump's personality. Reading McAdams' highly engaging account, I finally understood why so many of Trump's actions are so disconnected from 'truth' and 'reality, ' and so bafflingly unpredictable." -- Lee Anna Clark, William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Professor of Psychology, University of Notre Dame

"Here is brilliant and original insight into the strangeness of Donald Trump. 'He is one primal thing, ' writes McAdams, and it explains both him and us. This book will enlighten and terrify you." -- Michael D'Antonio, author of The Truth About Trump

"An engaging and provocative book, written by one of the world's leading experts on the science of personality. Instead of politicizing or pathologizing Trump, McAdams draws on contemporary scientific research to illuminate one of the most controversial characters of our era. Even those who think they know what makes Trump tick will gain deeper insight into his unique personality, and McAdams adeptness as a storyteller makes the book appealing to both laypeople and scientists alike." -- Richard W. Robins, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis

"Dan McAdams is one of the world's top experts on the psychology of personality, and in this extraordinary book he applies his talents to the most complicated and consequential personality in American life. McAdams offers no psychiatric diagnosis, just a series of stunning insights that will reduce the confusion so many people around the world have felt since 2016. McAdams' analysis of Donald Trump's lack of any "narrative arc" tying together his never-ending succession of energizing deals and battles is haunting and enlightening. There may be no more important book to read in 2020." -- Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University Stern School of Business, and author of The Righteous Mind and The Coddling of the American Min