Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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"Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" is a landmark study of crowd psychology and mass mania and a singular casebook of human folly throughout the ages. Chronicled here are accounts of swindles, schemes, and scams on a grand scale. Other chapters deal with fads and delusions that have sprung from ideas, beliefs, and causes that still have champions today: the prophecies of Nostradamus, the coming of comets and Judgment Day, the Rosicrucians, and astrology. The book also surveys controversial people and movements of the past: necromancy, Father Hell and Magnetism, Anthony Mesmer and Mesmerism, the Crusades, sorcery and the burning of witches, not to mention the popularity of murder by slow poisoning.
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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 35.56mm | 725.75g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, frontispiece
  • 0760755825
  • 9780760755822
  • 1,165,598

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