The Political Brain (Drew Westen)

Very stimulating application of contemporary research into the emotions (something I’ve had a long standing interest in – see, eg, here) to the political sphere in the United States. I particularly enjoyed the dissection of the Gore-Bush debates, and the plausible explanation of why Bush “won”. Clearly a big influence on the Obama campaign – let’s hope that Palin reads it too, although she seems to be a natural at most of it. Highly recommended.