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The Psychology of Revolution [Kindle Edition]

Gustave Le Bon
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  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595477608
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJNHPC
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PEOPLES by Gustave Le Bon - A BOOK REVIEW

James R. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D.
© February 15, 20012

Were it not for reading William L. Livingston's soon to be released, "Design for Prevention for Dummies," I would have no idea who Gustave Le Bon was, or why important. This is the first of three reviews of Le Bon's works, "The Psychology of Peoples" (1894). The second will be, "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind" (1896), and the third, "The Psychology of Revolution" (1913).

Gustave Le Bon was born on May 7, 1841 before either the American Civil War or the French Revolution. He lived into his ninety-second year dying on December 13, 1931, after the First World War, but shortly before Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. The Nazi dictator used Le Bon's psychology to hypnotize the German people to his purposes.

The Frenchman, a trained physician, followed his bliss, which was sociology and social psychology expounding on theories of crowd psychology, national traits and herd behavior. He also pursued the hard sciences, but it was in the soft sciences that his reputation was made.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PEOPLES

Le Bon has trouble with the idea of equality of individuals and races. He sees this has thrown Western man into a series of convulsions over its history the end of which he sees as impossible to predict:

"People found it easy to persuade themselves that these inequalities were merely the outcome of differences of education, that all men are born equally intelligent and good, and that the sole responsibility for their perversion lies with the institutions they live under."

The book shows the error of this mindset by examining a civilization, its arts, its institutions, and its beliefs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Presupposition is everything. October 2, 2013
By Mike
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First off, I highly recommend this book. The beginning is a bit tough to get through and that is hard to explain why, you may have better luck then me, but you don't let that stop you from reading this book. It seems to me that the worlds most evil men in the world have read this book and used the principles in this book to destroy America and many other countries that were host to conservative and God fearing people. If you want to destroy a nation this book has the recipe, and by contrast it also has the recipe to build one, you just have to decide what exactly you want to do. I wish more conservative people would read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Madness of Crowds May 12, 2013
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The Psychology of Revolution is as apt and revealing today as when psychologist Gustave Le Bon wrote it with the knowledge of the bloody French Revolution in mind. It is as true as if he were explaining why the Nazis took power in Germany, why the so-called "Arab Spring" occurred, why the theatre of the streets in Egypt turned sour and brought in the wrong government. It even gives psychological reasons for dictatorship in Iran and terrorist groups like Hamas which they fund. It is highly likely that Lenin read it as well as Hitler, as a book of instructions on how to whip up a mindless crowd to a frenzy. It is not a political book but an explanation by a psychologist of how crowds take leave of their senses and turn into a many-tentacled monster.[ASIN:B004UJNHPC The Psychology of Revolution]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relevant Today February 7, 2013
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Written from a time when men still used critical thinking skills. As someone who has worked in the mental health services I found Le Bon's conclusions spot on on the mindset of men & women who no longer find the status quo to be as static as they think it is. Transfer the same set of circumstances to modern america & the affect will b the same- when pushed too far the PEOPLE will push back.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is a seminal work in the study of the crowd and collective action, but be sure to note that Le Bon's work has been roundly dumped, at least in the field of psychology. Le Bon wrote from the perspective that the crowd is a gathering of people behaving animalistically; this may make intuitive sense, but it fails to identify or explain key crowd characteristics, such as who participates and who doesn't. Collective action research has advanced far beyond Le Bon's conceptualization, but his work is still influential. Plus, the best way to understand contemporary theory is to understand the theories before it and their inadequacies. So, a good read, but keep it in perspective. Later research has demonstrated that Le Bon's work, while certainly important, is woefully inadequate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not yet read February 26, 2014
By B. Racz
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not read yet, but in great condition and very well packaged so I am satisfied, thank you for the care taken even water proofed
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent August 27, 2013
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brilliant book just don't take the authors views question it and make your own views base on the information given to you
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