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Rumor, Fear, and the Madness of Crowds

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paper back, 191 pages
Published 1959 by Ballantine Books
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John Defrog: global citizen, local gadfly
William Gibson namechecked this book on Twitter awhile back, so I decided to check it out. Published in 1959, it’s meant to be an academic study of examples of mass hysteria in the US, including the Red Scare of 1919, McCarthyism, the War Of The Worlds broadcast, apocalypse preachers, UFO sightings and distraught Rudolph Valentino fans, among others. But there’s not much in-depth analysis of each event, and some of them really qualify more as examples of mass gullibility and pranks than hysteria ...more
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Feb 03, 2022 rated it liked it
Fun to read, especially when you have a disintegrating paper copy complete with bookworm holes. Great writing style and it’s always interesting to peer into another time. I wouldn’t seek this out, there’s probably a more accurate, cohesive, up-to-date compilation you can read instead.
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