This is a remarkable book, written by Jerrold M. Post, M.D., a psychoanalyst, founder and director of the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior for the Central Intelligence Agency. The book comprises 12 chapters, any one of which could serve as a template for an expanded, book-length exegesis on the prominent political figures of our lifetime. The provocative chapter titles represent a series of elaborated formulations, focusing on specific leaders and specific crises of the 21st and 20th centuries. They include analyses of the "murderous" leaders in the former Yugoslavia, Radovan Karadzic and Slobodan Milosevic, as well as other world leaders, such as Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Il Jong. The profiles of the political leaders Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, and Jimmy Carter make for rich reading in a separate appendix.