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Post, Jerrold M.

Works: 51 works in 163 publications in 4 languages and 7,057 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Biography  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Jerrold M Post
The psychological assessment of political leaders : with profiles of Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton by Jerrold M Post( )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides comprehensive political psychology profiles and a deeper understanding of the volatile circumstances of global affairs
The mind of the terrorist : the psychology of terrorism from the IRA to Al Qaeda by Jerrold M Post( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In contrast to the widely held assumption that terrorists are crazed fanatics, political psychologist Post demonstrates that they are psychologically "normal" and that "hatred has been bred in the bone." He reveals the powerful motivations that drive these ordinary people to such extraordinary evil by exploring the different types of terrorists, from national-separatists like the Irish Republican Army to social revolutionary terrorists like Shining Path and the Weather Underground, as well as religious extremists like al Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo. These psychological components are often waved away in favor of focusing on political, social, and economic concerns terrorists profess, damaging our ability to truly understand these criminals. Here, Post uses his expertise to explain how the terrorist mind works and how this information can help us to combat terrorism more effectively.--From publisher description
Leaders and their followers in a dangerous world : the psychology of political behavior by Jerrold M Post( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What impels leaders to lead and followers to follow? How did Osama bin Laden, the son of a multibillionaire construction magnate in Saudi Arabia, become the world's number one terrorist? What are the psychological foundations of man's inhumanity to man, ethnic cleansing, and genocide? Jerrold M. Post contends that such questions can be answered only through an understanding of the psychological foundations of leader personality and political behavior. Post was founding director of the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior for the CIA. He developed the political personality profiles of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat for President Jimmy Carter's use at the Camp David talks and initiated the U.S. government's research program on the psychology of political terrorism. He was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit in 1979 for his leadership of the center. In this book, he draws on psychological and personality theories, as well as interviews with individual terrorists and those who have interacted with particular leaders, to discuss a range of issues: the effects of illness and age on a leader's political behavior; narcissism and the relationship between followers and a charismatic leader; the impact of crisisinduced stress on policymakers; the mind of the terrorist, with a consideration of "killing in the name of God"; and the need for enemies and the rise of ethnic conflict and terrorism in the postCold War environment. The leaders he discusses include Fidel Castro, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, and Slobodan Milosevic
Political paranoia : the psychopolitics of hatred by Robert S Robins( Book )

10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert S. Robins and Jerrold M. Post, M.D., experts in political psychology, document and interpret the malign power of paranoia in a variety of contexts - in political movements like McCarthyism; in organizations like the John Birch Society; in leaders like Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Jim Jones, and David Koresh; and among extreme groups that commit violence in the name of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Indeed, Robins and Post show that the paranoid dynamic has been aggressively present in every social disaster of this century. Robins and Post describe the paranoid personality, explain why paranoia is part of human evolutionary history, and examine the conditions that must exist before the message of the paranoid takes root in a vulnerable population, leading to mass movements and genocidal violence
When illness strikes the leader : the dilemma of the captive king by Jerrold M Post( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Jerrold M. Post and Robert S. Robins explore the impact of physical and mental illness on political leadership
Know thy enemy : profiles of adversary leaders and their strategic cultures by USAF Counterproliferation Center( )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world's most threatening terrorist networks and criminal gangs( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Terrorist organizations and international criminal networks pose an increasingly severe danger to U.S. security. Who are these rivals that threaten us? What do they want to achieve? This book looks at diverse groups such as Al Qaeda, its jihadist fellow travelers, as well as Hezbollah and its terrorist sponsor, Iran, Other chapters examine Hamas, Jemaah Islamiyah, the FARC, the Mexican drug cartels, and the criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha 13. Pakistan, where jihadists pose an extreme security threat, is another focus as is a chapter on terrorist WMD threats. This look at sub-state rivals is recommended to all serious students of international security."--Jacket
"Saddam is Iraq : Iraq is Saddam" by Jerrold M Post( )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Identified as a member of the "axis of evil" by President George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein's Iraq continues to pose a major threat to the region and to Western society. Saddam has doggedly pursued the development of weapons of mass destruction, despite U.N. sanctions imposed at the conclusion of the Gulf crisis. To deal effectively with Saddam Hussein requires a clear understanding of his motivations, perceptions, and decision-making. To provide a framework for this complex political leader, a comprehensive political psychology profile has been developed, and his actions since the crisis analyzed in the context of this political psychology assessment
Killing in the name of God : Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda by Jerrold M Post( )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What manner of men are these, living in American society, for years in some cases, aiming to kill thousands while dying in the process? Surely, one would think, they must be crazed psychotics. No normal person could do such a thing. But, in fact, the al Qaeda terrorists were psychologically "normal." By no means were they psychologically disturbed. Indeed, terrorist groups expel emotionally disturbed individuals -- they are a security risk. In many ways, these new terrorists shatter the profile of suicidal terrorists developed in Israel. There is a striking contrast between the Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel and the 19 terrorists who carried out the attacks of September 11th, an unprecedented act of mass casualty terrorism. They had lived in western society, in some cases for many years, exposed to its freedoms and opportunities. The leaders were older, in their mid-thirties and late twenties, and a number had received higher education. Mohammed Atta, the apparent ringleader, was thirty-three. Atta and two other hijackers had received graduate training at the technological university in Hamburg, Germany. Most came from financially comfortable middle class families in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. They blended in with society, eschewing the dress, customs and personal grooming of traditional Muslims. And yet, on the appointed day, like the Manchurian Candidate, they carried out their mission to hijack four airliners, and gave their lives while killing just over 3,000 people. Fully formed adults, they had internalized their values. They were "true believers" who subordinated their individuality to the group. This paper presents a history and political personality profile of Osama bin Laden. The paper also discusses al Qaeda's ideology, philosophy, leadership, organizational structure, and possible scenarios to consider for the future of al Qaeda
"El Fenomeno Chavez" : Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, modern day Bolivar by Jerrold M Post( )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hugo Chavez, the charismatic and controversial President of Venezuela, reached the ultimate seat of political power with his election as head of state in 1998. Carefully cultivating the image of an impoverished Venezuelan youth reaching the highest political office in Venezuela, Chavez has a devoted and loyal following among Venezuela's lower class. Having survived several political crises, Chavez is a masterful political gamesman who zealously guards his power while maintaining a staunchly anti-American and anti-elite stance. This requires a delicate balancing act, as he gains strength from his oppositional stance to the Venezuelan elite and the West, especially the United States, whose financial resources are crucial to Venezuela's economic survival. His outrageous and confrontational rhetoric, which increases during times of internal instability, has consistently worked to unite his followers in support of his leadership; he portrays himself as a modern day Simon Bolivar. It is this unquestioning support by Venezuela's lower class that has enabled him to survive the slow destruction of Venezuela's economy, internal discord, and ultimately a coup attempt in 2002. His internationally recognized victory in the August 2004 referendum has surely emboldened him. The precipitous announcement on October 11, 2004, that royalties paid by foreign oil companies would be increased from 1 to 16.6 percent, represented "the second and true phase of the nationalization of the country's oil." Encouraged by the validation of his victories at the polls, Chavez has increasingly allied himself with, and publicly supported, major adversaries of the United States, including Iran, Syria, and North Korea, as well as Hamas. As his hold on power becomes more absolute, so does his vision of himself as the savior of Venezuela. Hugo Chavez is likely to do whatever it takes to retain his hold on power to secure his place in history
Narcissism and politics : dreams of glory by Jerrold M Post( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this age of narcissism, the proliferation of politicians with significant narcissistic personality features is dramatic. Driven by dreams of glory, they seem to find the spotlight that the arena of politics provides irresistible. This book analyzes narcissism and politics and systematically explores the psychology of narcissism - the entitlement, the grandiosity and arrogance overlying insecurity, the sensitivity to criticism, and the hunger for acclaim - illustrating different narcissistic personality features through a spectrum of international and national politicians. It addresses the power of charismatic leader- follower relationships, as well as the impact of age and illness on leaders driven by dreams of glory"--
Military studies in the Jihad against the tyrants : the Al-Qaeda training manual( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This remarkable document, introduced in evidence by the U.S. Dept. of Justice in the trial in the Spring of 2001of the Al-Qaeda terrorists responsible for the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, provides a revealing - and thoroughly chilling - view of the "mind" of Al-Qaeda and its leadership. It is at once a manual of terror and a basic tradcraft manual. Dr. Post ... wisely lets the manual speak for itself. His insightful editorial commentary reveals that this manual of terror goes well beyond the detailed instructions for operating "in the land of the enemy". It is a guide to the planning, motivation and justification of Al-Qaeda operations."--Preface
Die Psychologie des Terrors : vom Verschwörungsdenken zum politischen Wahn by Robert S Robins( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hass und Gewalt, Misstrauen, Wahn und Terror haben in der Geschichte, insbesondere des letzten Jahrhunderts, eine breite Schneise der Verwüstung hinterlassen. Millionen von Menschen haben ihr Leben verloren, weil andere es ihnen bewusst genommenhaben: Diktatoren und Massenmörder wie Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin und Pol Pot, paranoide Sektenchefs wie etwa Shoko Asahara von der japanischen Aum-Sekte oder die fanatischen Anführer fundamentalistischer Massenbewegungen. Seriös und verständlich erklären die beiden Wissenschaftler, welche politischen und kulturellen Bedingungen dem Wahn den Weg zur Macht ebnen und welche Rolle dabei unser evolutionäres Erbe spielt
Know thy enemy II : a look at the world's most threatening terrorist networks and criminal gangs( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yasir Arafat : psychological profile and strategic analysis by Shaul Kimhi( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paranoja polityczna : psychopatologia nienawiści by Robert S Robins( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in Polish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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1 edition published in 2001 in Hebrew and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The radical group in context : 2. Identification of critical elements in the analysis of risk for terrorism by radical group type by Jerrold M Post( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders : With Profiles of Saddam Hussein and William Jefferson Clinton by Jerrold M Post( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world's most threatening terrorist networks and criminal gangs( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Leaders and their followers in a dangerous world : the psychology of political behavior
The mind of the terrorist : the psychology of terrorism from the IRA to Al QaedaLeaders and their followers in a dangerous world : the psychology of political behaviorPolitical paranoia : the psychopolitics of hatredWhen illness strikes the leader : the dilemma of the captive kingThe world's most threatening terrorist networks and criminal gangsThe Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders : With Profiles of Saddam Hussein and William Jefferson Clinton
Alternative Names
Posṭ, G'erold

פוסט, ג׳ראלד

ポスト, ジェロルド・M

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