- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 59112th edition (April 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374518203
- ISBN-13: 978-0374518202
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elias Canetti's 1981 Nobel Prize was awarded mainly on the basis of this, his masterwork of philosophical anthropology about la condition humaine on an overpopulated planet.
Ranging from soccer crowds and political rallies to Bushmen and the pilgrimage to Mecca, Canetti exhaustively reviews the way crowds form, develop, and dissolve, using this taxonomy of mass movement as a key to the dynamics of social life. The style is abstract, erudite, and anecdotal, which makes Crowds and Power the sort of work that awes some readers with its profundity while irritating others with its elusiveness. Canetti loves to say something brilliant but counterintuitive, and then leave the reader to figure out both why he said it and whether it's really true. --Richard Farr
“Canetti dissolves politics into pathology, treating society as a mental activity--a barbaric one, of course--that must be decoded.” ―Susan Sontag
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This book is a moving treatise on the dangers of powerful leaders who are very influential to the masses. It's an analysis of the link between our leaders, how we are led, and how this has shaped the society that we live in. It's analysis covers the gambit from wild primates to suburbanites. The observations were very insightful and do seem to ring true prima facie.
I honestly think that our electorate would be far less prone to influence by charismatic politicians if every citizen read this.