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The Crowd by Gustave Le Bon
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Aug 21, 11

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Read from August 19 to 21, 2011

WEIGHTY, BUT WORDY.

“In crowds it is stupidity and not mother-wit that is accumulated.”—page 20

Gustave Le Bon’s, ‘The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind is an excellent, though slow, exposition on the mindset of crowds—be they riotous mobs, elected legislatures, criminal trial juries, or classroom committees—that is packed with insights. On the downside, it would take three of four readings before I’d be comfortable that I’d gotten most of it.

Recommendation: For serious student and curious, but persistent, amateur of the psychology of group-think. Also check out the book, ‘Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds,’ by Charles MacKay—another, somewhat recondite but worth the effort, exposition on this subject.

“In crowds the foolish, ignorant, and envious persons are freed from the sense of their insignificance…”—page 35

Barnes & Noble NOOKbook, 147 pages
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