The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation

Version: Unabridged
Author: Drew Westen
Narrator: Anthony Heald
Genres: Non-Fiction, Psychology, Public Policy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2007
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 30 minutes
Tell Your Friends:


The Political Brain is a groundbreaking scientific investigation into how the mind works, how the brain works, and what this means for why candidates win and lose elections.

"This is the most interesting, informative book on politics I've read in many years...whether you're an interested voter or a candidate for public office, you have to read this book."-Bill Clinton

Reviews (1)

A Must for any thinking American

Written by Amanda Rice on October 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Mr. Drew offers a new paradigm for looking at how people participate in democracy. This book begins with an overview of the newest theories regarding emotion and decision-making in psychology and neurology and deftly supplies examples of experiments and real-world situations to show the mistakes the Democrats have made during the last 50 or so years and what they should be doing if they want to win. Anyone involved in politics(especially Democrats), local, state or federal would do well to absorb much of the conclusions Drew draws. What I found in listening was new hope for the future of our democracy - if we can revise our thinking about how candidates get elected, we will find more intelligent people wielding power.

Author Details

Author Details

Westen, Drew Etc

Drew Westen received his B.A. at Harvard, an M.A. in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex (England), and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, where he subsequently taught for six years. For several years he was Chief Psychologist at Cambridge Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is a commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered" and lives in Atlanta.

Westen, Drew

Drew Westen is a clinical and political psychologist and neuroscientist who has spent years studying personality, psychopathology ("abnormal" psychology), and political decision making. He is the author of The Political Brain and founder of Westen Strategies, a political and corporate consulting firm. He writes frequently for the Washington Post, Politico,, Huffington Post, and New Republic and has made appearances on dozens of radio and television shows, including Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and Hardbal