Crowds and Power
Phoenix, 2000 - 495 pages
From the destructive power of soccer crowds to the horror of tyrannical rulers, and from Bushmen and Pueblo Indian rain dances to the pilgrimage to Mecca, the author takes readers on a journey through anthropology, psychology, biology, religion and literature. Ranging from the deeply profound to the overtly controversial, from the finger exercises of monkeys to the hallucinations of alcoholics, this book may change forever the way readers look at groups of people and realise their awesome potential to be manipulated for good or for evil. He concludes that "If we would master power we must face command openly and boldly, and search for means to deprive it of its sting".
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Review: Crowds and PowerUser Review - Michael Murray - Goodreads
A thoroughly good, a thorough, and good examination of the phenomena of the crowd, in history. By recent events and research, though, it does seem rather out-of-date, superceded. Read full review
This book will take you years to take in. Even though at first the authors approach may seem very unorthodox and complicated, it actually is a huge effort of foreshortening operation through a kind of phenomenological anthropology which simplifies a lot of things. Read this book and la Debord's Société du Spectacle, or Machiavelli's the Prince right after to experience what reading can do to the human mind (your mind.)