Alexander and Juliette George

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Alexander L. George (1920-2006) was a prolific and influential scholar of international relations and U.S. national security policy. He was a professor of International Relations at Stanford University from 1968 until his retirement in 1990. He received undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago, teaching there and at the American University before working at the Rand Corporation from 1948 to 1968. He is the author of scores of books on topics ranging from the use of force in global politics to decision-making in crises and war, to comparative case-study methodology in political science. He won numerous awards including the 1975 Bancroft Award for his book Deterrence in American Foreign Policy (co-authored with Richard Smoke), a MacArthur Foundation Prize Award (1983-1988), the 1985 Harold D. Laswell Award of the International Society of Political Psychology, the National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War (1997) and the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science (Sweden, 1998).

Juliette L. George (born in 1922) is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University, and served during World War II as a propaganda analyst for the OWI in Washington and London. Later in Berlin and Munich, she edited political affairs reports for the Intelligence Branch of the Office of Military Government for Germany (U.S.). She was a senior scholar at the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University from 1984 until her retirement in 1990.

In addition to Woodrow Wilson and Colonel House: A Personality Study, the Georges co-authored numerous follow-up articles on Woodrow Wilson, and together wrote Presidential Personality and Performance (1998), which examines the leadership styles and decision making practices of presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Bill Clinton, and reflects the authors’ interest for over half a century in the impact of personality on the political behavior of our political leaders. The Georges’ work is among the first to bring theories from the field of psychology into the political science arena. Alexander and Juliette George have two children, Lee George and Mary Douglass (John), and two grandchildren, Juliette and Benjamin Douglass.

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