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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published August 18th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1895)
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Mario the lone bookwolf

Forever highly dangerous instructions for the instrumentalization and manipulation of humans

As current as the problem is, so narrow-minded appear some of the author's remarks, which allows his subjective opinion to flow slowly into various passages, which is an unforgivable mistake for serious non-fiction. The mediated concept of history should be treated with caution since aspects such as the dynamics of the rise and fall of high cultures are indeed correctly explained.

However, other f
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Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-ficition
For some reason, this book seems to be quite popular in the Middle East as the go-to source when one wants to learn about the psychology of crowds; however, I found very little science and plenty of the author's personal opinions and observations -which have not been systematically studied nor confirmed- with a dash of racism, sexism, and elitism on the side (I guess that should be expected, given that The Crowd is quite out-dated).

That it is not to say that it is completely worthless; it's not
Extremely shrewd, ahead of its time, and simply brilliant. One of the strongest and most influential studies I’ve read. Don’t think I’ve ever highlighted a book so much. An unarguable classic in the field of crowd psychology - and for a good reason.
Translator not named; with an introduction by Robert A. Nye (my thesis advisor).

There are two ways to approach this polemical rant. The first is as an historical product: it's a conservative response to the vagaries of the masses, which in LeBon's day were leading to the dangers of socialism, indifference, and decadence. The primitive crowd mentality was destroying civilization, as LeBon saw it, and this work is meant to address why, and offers insights on how the statesman can control crowds be
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me understand a lot about why crowds do the things they do. For example, why are there so many harmful comments on social media? It's because on social media, everybody's pretty invisible. There will be no immediate consequences to perhaps one of their insults among millions of others. Once everyone notices the power of becoming invisible, the only thing visible becomes the crowd.
Also in the books Homo Sapiens and Homo Deus, the author also explained that this kind of crowd psych
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book enlightening, but frightening and immensely sad. There were a few times when I found it repetitious and boring, but overall, would recommend it to any thinking man (and of course woman)

The first part of the book is about crowds like mobs, and how people behave. I don't agree with everything but his central observation is that crowds are hypnotized by a leader and thus not as responsible for their actions.

The other part of the book that really caught my attention was the part a
read this for a class and i very much don't recommend! le bon's analysis is not only extremely antiquated, but also definitely bigoted, racist, misogynistic and, most of all, REEKS of classism. from the first page, all of my bells were ringing. like, overall, it's a very dubious "scientific" analysis on the psychology of the masses (which masses, le bon? which specific masses did you study and then generalize about? 19th century french ones?). it's a pity that crowd psychology, a branch of socia ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rated-1

Its a study, which is a bit dated and repetitive. There are much better and Updated studies than this.

a couple paragraphs that i disliked:
“It will be remarked that among the special characteristics of crowds there are several…which are almost always observed in beings belonging to inferior forms of evolution—in women, savages, and children, for instance.”

Tiberius, Ghengis Khan, and Napoleon were assuredly redoubtable tyrants, but from the depth of their graves Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Ma
sara manente
the book that all the dictators apparently read
Dominique Perregaux
This book is a must read to understand the past, current and future revolutions. Analyzing the psychology of crowds, Le Bon explains in details two fundamental elements that everybody should know and assimilate:

1) A crowd is a crowd. Whatever it is composed of idiots or savants, a crowd is an anonymous mass, a shapeless monster that brings to the surface the most basic, primal and violent instincts of its members. The impunity that being among others attribute is the basis of the danger of a cro
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although it was written 1895, it applies also to our time! It was first published with the title of 'la psychologie des foules' I think this title fits better! People in crowds act like 'foules'. We are influenced by media, opinions, society, rules, etc! To be open and independent and to escape from the standards of society is not an easy task! The examples that refers the author are referred to France history!
James Eardley
An important book for all right wing dissidents to read, it is not "politically correct" by "Progressive" standards. Anyone who objects to the eternal truths in this book, is either a lemming, Liberal or Commie. It does explain the catastrophic failure of the French Revolution and Inorganic Suffrage and the Parliamentary System that is all to well known. I do believe that this book has been utilized for evil in the case of Capitalism where Media Masters utilize the collective weaknesses of the C ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than 100 years, this book still describes so perfectly crowd behaviors. despite of the criticism of disrespectful to women and kids, his ideas were still consider a very insightful observation. After all the era he lived in, women had not right for formal education and voting.
Looking at the nowadays social events, political incidents, we can see so easily humans are looking for saviors, let's say leader. Once they decide to follow, they will not think!

底下這位寫的筆記很好 我收藏自己可觀看!
Minh Trang
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't like this book for a very simple reason: Out-of-date. The examples the author gave largely from Révolution française, which is no longer a great example for his theory.
Also, with the outbreak (should I use this word) of advanced technologies, exchanging information, concepts and even trends is everyday occurrence for people around the world. Thus, the psychology of crowds should be investigated with technology-involved interruptions.
I do not recommend this book for non-majored readers.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a solid read, Le Bon makes some great observations on the mind of the crowd, and it resonates just as strong today. A very important observation is that he uses the word {race} a lot, he is talking about culture not skin tone, and he discusses the French race and the Revolution extensively. I would love to read his observations of the crowd and the Internet, but after you read this I think you can extrapolate what he would have said. This is worth the time, check it out.
Sylvester Kuo
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, politics
It's refreshing to read a social science book without having to endure the mindless claptrap the author tried to shove down our throats. The Crowd is a study of how groups behave, although mainly based on rationalization of the French Republic, it was quite a good (somewhat outdated) read.
Scott Moore
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should be called "sheep and how they graze" or "don't be a sheep". Good read.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliant pioneering work of sociology. I have seen very few works that have carried on the torch of the field of crowd psychology. Worth a read for people interested in the classics of sociology
Gintarė Macenytė
Ideas in the book are certainly ahead of the author’s epoch. Such an interesting read in the context of a worldwide lockdown
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my father's book. He died in 1996 so this book like as a gift from paradise to me. Thanks father. See u soon.
Melissa Janda
I was interested in the book The Crowd; Study of the Popular Mind by Gustave Le Bon to gain an understanding of the psychology of crowds (doing a little research). What causes people to become acquiescent, and in many cases participate in the oppression of others?

Here are a couple of responses to that question Le Bon provided in his book:

“The crowd is always dominated by considerations of which it is unconscious—the disappearance of brain activity and the predominance of medullar activity—the lo
This is a tiny book packed with a lot of information. I'll be honest, I'd need it to read it again and pay much more attention to really absorb all the wisdom it contains. But I did gain a deeper understanding of crowds and why they do what they do. Gustave looked at different types of crowds: heterogeneous crowds, juries, and my favourite - electoral crowds. I understood politics much better as a result of this book.

My favourite takeaways were:

In the collective mind the intellectual aptitudes
Czarny Pies
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone curious about the politics of the 20th Century
Recommended to Czarny by: Benito Mussolini
Shelves: political-theory
Gustave LeBon's legendary La psychologie des foules is a stunning book. It is well documented that Benito Mussolini greatly admired this work and it has been speculated that Adolf Hilter was also influenced by it. In La psychologie des foules makes a compelling analysis of crowd behaviour that rings true on every page. He tells us what we already know from personal experience or have heard second-hand about crowds. The book is not scientific group psychology as LeBon mistakenly believes it to be ...more
Gustave Le Bon’s 1895 work, The Crowd, portrayed the massed public as pathologically irrational, its members incapable of thinking or acting as individuals: “…by the mere fact that he forms part of an organised crowd, a man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilisation” (12). While acknowledging that crowds are sometimes virtuous and heroic, Le Bon emphasized their destructive capacity and their threat to the hierarchies of established order. The Crowd was used as a guide by Hitler and Mu ...more
The Crowd is essential for crowd theory, but as McClelland notes, Le Bon sometimes plays it fast and loose with his theory (as well as his sources, in order to make him seem like the foundation of a new theory -- kind of a habit of his as he even claimed that Einstein had gotten the theory of relativity from him). The main point is that (a) crowds regress (and people's foundational ideas are racial/conservative), (b) crowds always need to be led, and (c) the most powerful leaders are as fascinat ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writer of the summary of this book has given it an unfair shake. Without consideration for the period and setting in which Le Bon was reflecting on his observations of group behavior, many of his insights are timeless. He reflects steadily on the French Revolution and the observations of earlier writers and historians (in particular, Hippolyte Taine), and relays the effects of groups upon individuals in various subcategories of society regardless of degree of perceived sophistication or earn ...more
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-st, non-fiction

“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 p
Ahmed Hamad
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not a very pleasant read per-se. It has even upset my stomach at times. Nonetheless, the leap this man has taken for humanity in terms of understanding our nature is quite huge. It is in our nature to have to descend a few steps down the ladder of evolution, from the mere effect of being embedded in a group of people. The stronger the connections, the more our unconscious mind takes explicit form, bringing to surface the most destructive illogical and irrational power our species has kn ...more
حسين سليس
could I have read this book earlier?
not sure, maybe because most of the information I was able to extract were already known to me. if in chapter 1 it differentiates between a CROWD and the psychological crowd. Which then builds on to describe the characteristics of the psychological crowd, and causes of these characteristics.

One of these causes is the suggestibility, it somehow opens a window into hypnoses. I felt strong desire to read about hypnotizing people after this section.

in chapter 2,
Dung Phan
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
It's quite an easy read and also amusing to me. It'd never 100% true when it comes to generalization, so you'll have to accept that it will be accurate and inaccurate to some extent.

I'm reading this book when there're ongoing protests in Vietnam. Gustave shares some good points when he says it's useless to find any logic, critical thinking in any crowd's mind. In general, they want to believe what they want to believe.

What I like about this book is some core characteristics that you can easily
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A social psychologist, sociologist, and amateur physicist. He was the author of several works in which he expounded theories of national traits, racial superiority, herd behavior and crowd psychology.

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