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  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502734435
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  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
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  • Language: English
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James R. Fisher Jr. on February 15, 2012
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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.


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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Harte on 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike on October 2, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dalton C. Rocha on August 10, 2015
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Here in Brazil, I read this good book.
Some great things of this book:
1- This book divides revolution into two main kinds: political(secular) revolutions and religious revolutions. And correctly puts religious revolutions above political revolutions. These sentences are in this book:"By giving a people moral unity they greatly increase its material power. We
see this notably when a new faith, brought by Mohammed, transforms the petty and impotent tribes of Arabia into a formidable nation."
2- About revolutions' believes, there's these sentences:"We have already repeated, and shall again repeat, that the errors of a doctrine
do not hinder its propagation, so that all we have to consider here is its influence upon men’s minds."
3- Since I was a child, I read many books, about the French Revolution. And this is the best book that I ever read, about the French Revolution. This book has these sentences about The French Revolution: "The mystic spirit of the leaders of the Revolution was betrayed in the least details of their public life. Robespierre, convinced that he was supported by the Almighty, assured his hearers in a speech that the Supreme Being had “decreed
the Republic since the beginning of time.” In his quality of High Pontiff of a State religion he made the Convention vote a decree declaring that “the French People recognises the existence of the Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul.” At the festival of this Supreme Being, seated on a kind of throne, he preached a lengthy sermon."
4- The author tells that revolutions came from a rotten state in this sentences: It has been very justly said that governments are not overthrown, but that they commit suicide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Bautista on 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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