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How to Counter Group Manipulation Tactics: The Techniques of Unethical Consensus-Building Unmasked Paperback – January 1, 2003


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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145051913X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450519137
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beverly Eakman: * Educator, 9 years: English, Literature, Debate; 7th grade remedial through 12th grade advanced and debate team, 1968-1974, 1979-1981. * Science Editor, Technical Writer and Editor-in-Chief of official newspaper, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1974-1979. Technical piece, "David, the Bubble Baby," picked up by popular press and turned into a movie starring John Travolta. * Chief speech writer, National Council for Better Education, 1984-1986; for the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Commission on the Bicentennial of the US Constitution, 1986-1987; for the Voice of America, 1987-1989; and for U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ), 1991-1993. Writer-editor, DOJ, 1994-2004. * Author: six books on education since 1991, including the internationally acclaimed Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education (Huntington House 1998), Walking Targets: How Our Psychologized Classrooms are Producing a Nation of Sitting Ducks, and A Common Sense Platform for the 21st Century. Columnist for NewsWithViews.com. * Published articles: Education Week, Chronicles Magazine, The Washington Times, Insight Magazine, National Review, Crisis Magazine, Vital Speeches, The Washington Post, and more 1985-present. * Executive Director: National Education Consortium, co-founded 1994, education & privacy law.

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It gave us the information we needed to deal with these tactics.
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This book is better than nothing, so I gave it two stars.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eric Mayforth on July 1, 2011
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In an era in which secondary schools and universities are not teaching people superlative critical thinking skills, it is easier than ever for groups and individuals within groups to be manipulated. In this book, Beverly Eakman outlines tactics that trained manipulators in settings such as PTA meetings or other public policy meetings use to get people to sign on to politically correct consensuses--and she provides the tools that one needs to derail these tactics.

Eakman describes many of the main weapons that manipulators use, including the familiar Hegelian and Alinskyite tactics. She shows how manipulators (who the author says frequently attempt to give themselves the euphemistic name of "facilitator") attempt to coerce individuals into adopting group beliefs, to trick an individual into thinking that the group's predetermined consensus was in fact the individual's own idea, and to make the individual think that he has input into the group's decision when in fact he does not.

When reading this book it may seem depressing to realize how easy it is nowadays for someone to control a group, but Eakman provides many countermoves one can use to avoid being manipulated or demoralized and to hold your ground in meetings--and she provides a splendid rejoinder one can use to deflect ad hominem attacks.

Some years ago I took an interest in this topic and became, if something less than an expert, at least a fairly serious armchair student of manipulation tactics, so I was intrigued when I saw a link to this book last May. This book is not exhaustive--I can think of quite a few of the lowest and foulest manipulation techniques that were not covered in this book, and there was one example in the book that fell flat due to an inaccurate statement.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Curly Top on June 6, 2011
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Talk about a vital book for our time. I don't know about you, but after attending a variety of political group "get-togethers," school board and PTA meetings, office "brainstorming" sessions, business "feedback" conferences and more, I became disillusioned anything useful would be the result. After reading Eakman's manual I now understand how and why "plants" (read agent provocateurs) are placed in these meeting, how I can identify them and get the agenda back on track. This book is a must read!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roni Bell on June 6, 2011
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What I appreciate most about Ms. Eakman's work, is her thorough documentation. She's meticulous in having at hand, papers that verify her claims.
In a present culture of trying to wade through the reams of personal opinions, Beverly's work always provides a welcoming, stabilizing, foundation.
Americans need more doses of facts and realities as offered by folks like Beverly Eakman.
Why? To stop the force feeding of caustic lies and fiction that deliberately serves the purpose of perforating our Constitution.
For one example, I heard a reporter on Sunday Morning refer to DDT as, "the deadly chemical..." when in fact, DDT is not a deadly chemical! But, it's necessary for Depopulationists such as George Soros to perpetuate this lie, in order to achieve their goal of allowing millions to continue dying of malaria.
Ms. Eakman's work gives real time...opportunity. The powers that be, would do well for America if they'd take heed!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Evert Evertsen on June 15, 2011
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Anyone under the age of 60 who was educated in our Public system must STUDY this book. Anyone over the age of 60 will realize why when they start to read this book. This book is a bargain at any price!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erica Kenney on June 5, 2011
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I read this book when I was part of a group trying to address the problem of drug abuse in our local high school. It helped me understand how the school administrators kept putting us off by endless meetings, discussions, reports and even trying to discredit parents. It gave us the information we needed to deal with these tactics. Ms. Eakman has provided a valuable service with this book. As for the review by Ms. Bartley, it was no more helpful than her other reviews which included the facts that she dropped the battery cover of her MP3 player in the toilet and she hates her printer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leon Dixon on June 26, 2013
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Most everyone knows that they are subjected to misinformation but might be surprised at the extent of it and the sources. In Portland, Oregon area there is a primate center and tours of it are provided the public. A few hours of examining thousands of monkeys is good preparation for this modern recap of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. The techniques now used, honed with insights from "psychology" are pointed out for group settings though with a bit of thinking one could see them in movements like the Common Core Fad where an untold amount of money has been devoted towards a very serious Manipulation of American thinking. Most sentient beings in America are quite aware that there are no intellectual firewalls in education-at least from the time of Dewey-these folks suck down stupidity as often as France changes governments (over the past 100 years). The techniques described are unethical. Part of the argument however, is that we don't have ethical standards anymore and so all is fair when treating people like monkeys. We have dumbed down education so far that even ethical people are tempted to use these group persuasion techniques. This is a quick read but points to her earlier work The Cloning of the American Mind-or something like that which is probably a more important book reaching back, i'd guess to the criticisms offered by Adm Rickover and Milton Freidman in the late 1950's - the last time some attempt was made to improve education from the mediocrity it had become and to re-inject intellectual capital into the failing enterprise.
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