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Charles Mackay (1) (1814–1889)

Autor(a) de Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

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51+ Works 3,073 Membros 46 Críticas

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Obras por Charles Mackay

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841) 2,693 exemplares, 41 críticas
Witch: A Tale of Terror (2017) 5 exemplares, 1 crítica
1001 Gems of Prose 3 exemplares
The Salamandrine (1853) 2 exemplares
Os alquimistas 1 exemplar
Haunted Houses (2010) 1 exemplar
Songs for music 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Storytelling and Other Poems (1949) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares, 2 críticas

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1814-03-27
Data de falecimento
1889-12-24
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
UK
País (no mapa)
Scotland, UK
Local de nascimento
Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, UK

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Críticas

Some people may wonder why I call the book extraordinary and give it four starts. Only those interested in that subject will be interested in the detailed history in each chapter, which is why I gave the book four stars. For instance, I used to be interested in The Crusades. If my interest in this topic was intense, like it used to be, I would have lapped up the chapter. I read the section on The Thugs and the South Sea Bubble with great interest.

Apart from this minor gripe, the book is extraordinary. Charles Mackay prefaced each chapter with a summary of the particular madness that gripped people and the circumstances leading to the events of the times.

After you finish the book, it may be good to sit back and reflect on the madness that has gripped the world in the last century. The two world wars, the debates about vaccines, the religious divide, and civil wars are all the result of crowd psychology and groupthink.

We are not much better than many of our ancestors who lived a few centuries back.

Read this book.
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RajivC | 40 outras críticas | Apr 25, 2023 |
FYI Review, Contents for the Curious:
This study is available as an abridged volume or unabridged in three volumes which contain:
Volume I: National Delusions / Economic Bubbles (available vis Project Guttenberg)
-The Mississippi Scheme
-The South Sea Bubble
-The Tulip Mania
-Relics
-Modern Prophecies
-Popular Admiration for Great Thieves
-Influence of Politics and Religion on the Hair and Beard
-Duels and Ordeals
-The Love of the Marvellous and the Disbelief of the True
-Popular Follies in Great Cities
-Old Price Riots
-The Thugs, or Phansigars
Volume II: Peculiar Follies
-The Crusades
-The Witch Mania
-The Slow Poisoners
-Haunted Houses
Volume III: Philosophical Delusions
-The Alchemysts
-Fortune Telling
-The Magnetisers
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Lemeritus | 40 outras críticas | Apr 22, 2023 |
Great book on beautiful English words we no longer use. Used to have a copy at my library where I work but it's gone now, alas.
 
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kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
For me, this book is an example as to the necessity of half-star ratings. This is a perfect 3.5 star book.

it's audio-only, it's only 3 hours long, and it's really just a small portion from a larger book. Not a great start...

BUT, on the other hand,

I find the topic of witch hysteria vastly interesting. How and Why we treated other, differenter humans so poorly is, as this title suggests: Terrifying. Was life so bleak and scary back then, that people found the Devil lurking everywhere? Including their neighbors? Their teachers? Their poor?

Witch-hunting was a terrible disease, that we can still learn a lot from.

While this is more of a collection or catalog of cases, which means it lacks a lot of detail and nuance, it's still a great introduction to the history of witch-hunting.
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Chuck_ep | Jul 18, 2022 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
51
Also by
1
Membros
3,073
Popularidade
#8,309
Avaliação
3.8
Críticas
46
ISBN
159
Línguas
8

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