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The Man Who Shocked The World: The Life And Legacy Of Stanley Milgram

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The creator of the famous "Obedience Experiments," carried out at Yale in the 1960s, and originator of the "six degrees of separation" concept, Stanley Milgram was one of the most innovative scientists of our time. In this sparkling biography-the first in-depth portrait of Milgram-Thomas Blass captures the colorful personality and pioneering work of a social psychologist w ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published March 17th 2004 by Basic Books (first published 2004)
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Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Milgram was an experimental psychologist who carried out important research into social phenomena including, most famously, obedience to authority, but also the "small world problem," his demonstration that a chain of people on first name terms need normally be only about six people in length to join any two humans. He made many other important contributions to the field, not least by developing the concept of urban psychology.

This biography provides an insight into Milgram's life and work whic
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first time i saw Milgram's experiment of shocking machine was from Through the wormhole, i was actually quite shocked to learn that 2/3 of people would actually hang in there till the end even though they dislike to see others suffer. then I watched the movie " the experimenter" without remembering that was actually talking about Milgarm's story. i thought similar experiments were repeated several times. But now reading this book, all the connection came back.
noted that during the shock expe
Donald Sherer
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good read about an interesting character.
Liz Wright
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“The Man Who Shocked The World:” An Engaging Biography of Stanley Milgram
Stanley Milgram (1933-1984) was a social psychologist whose research has had a far-reaching influence on both psychology and on the view of social psychological research at large. If you’ve taken a general psychology or social psychology course, you may remember him as “The Obedience Guy” or “The Shock Guy” as Milgram designed research studies to test the ordinary person’s level of obedience to an authority figure when the
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I was fortunate enough to get the chance to talk to Dr. Blass a few years ago at an American Psychological Association Conference. I just happened to catch him as he was talking to one of the distributors of this book, and the three of us spoke about this book, the study, about society, etc... for almost an hour. It was one of the highlights of the conference. That being said, what I think this book does for both the professional and lay people alike is give us a greater understanding of what Mi ...more
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this book is a book that helped me with my research paper that talked about Stanley Milgram and his experiment. it talked about how his experiment consisted of a "teacher" and a "learner" where the actual experiment was the "teacher". this book showed me how people would react while under an authority figure and what they will do while under this authority figure. the shocking thing about it is that the people, still knowing they will conflict pain on the other person still went on to continue t ...more
Nick Montgomery
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it

Decent bio on a significant figure in 20th century pop culture. The book spends a great deal of time on Milgram's obedience experiment and the fallout in its wake. So much so I actually wished for a little more detail on Milgram's life.

The book wraps up with a very nice conclusion which lists instances of the holocaust in vivid, cruel detail. In spite of this Milgram advises to not instantiate explanations for obedience to authority in the Nazi age based upon his research, which obviously folk
Amal Shoeib
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
The book discuseses the life and work of Stanley Milgram.Milgram is a social psychologist and he excelled in this field!! The milgram experiment is a revolutionary one . It showed that people might obey their leaders blindly and that pretty much explains the atrocities done in the name of obedience of leaders. The book didn't impress me that much. This might be because I read and actually watched many of other Milgram's works but he's definitely a man who has an ample mastery over social psychol ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just not my thing. I got it because I thought it sounded interesting, though I admit I was hoping for more of a focus on Milgram's work and its relevance/effects/legacy in the years since he did his experiments, and less digging into the minutiae of his life. The level of detail in this biography was just a bit too much for my taste, and so the book really dragged for me. There's a lot of information in here, and it seems to certainly be well-researched, so maybe it'll be someone e ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stanley Milgram is a great man and psychologist. He contributed so much to our society, I didn't even realize it until I read the book. I like how the book portrayed him as a family man rather than just a work-a-holic. It made me appreciate Milgram for the man he was, not just the psychologist the rest of the world is familiar with. Even though he was a good man, he was still human. And I appreciate how the author showed that side of him too. The author did a good job trying to chronicle all his ...more
Apr 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of psychology
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I really liked this book; it was incredibly interesting reading his perspectives and theories of how people can be so easily led by authority. Adding in the autobiographical details of his life only served to make it more engaging. A fascinating read.
Carlo Corti
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Good Milgram history, but most interesting part was leading up to the Obedience experiment. I liked that he is also connected to six degrees of separation and lost letter experiments, but personal life stuff was not super-interesting.
Dec 13, 2008 rated it liked it
His experiments on obedience are considering the paradigmatic examples of unethical psychological experiments, yet this book shows the bum rap he got and much more. The picture of him and a graduate student hours before Milgram died haunts me.
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
It was ok, but I couldn't really get involved with it. The descriptions of the experiments were interesting, but I like to know more in-depth personal stuff, too.
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting biography, and it familiarizes one with both Milgram's pioneering work, and the person behind it.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my Social Psychology professor!
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorough and surprisingly readable biography of the scientist and the man behind the (in)famous obedience experiments and six degrees theory.
Heather Browning
Although I loved reading about all the creative experiments Milgram worked on, I found the biographical parts of the novel fairly dull.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I first heard of Milgram and the obedience experiment in college. I am glad to read about his life and other projects on social psychology. It was very interesting.
Paula Matuskey
Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Story of Stanley Milgram and his obedience experiences and origins of six degrees of separation.
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