Rumor, Fear and the Madness of Crowds

Product Number: EB00793857
Released: Dec 02, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780486808031
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Martians, a reincarnated Irish woman, a dead movie star, an insane anesthetist, and an obsessed U.S. Attorney General these disparate characters have something in common. Each was at the center of an incident of mass hysteria, in which frightened, grieving, and otherwise disturbed people abandoned their common sense. This fascinating book by a prominent psychologist explores several intriguing case histories of mass hysteria, from "The Great Disappointment" of 1926, in which thousands of believers dressed in white to await Jesus' return, to UFO sightings and other extraordinary phenomena. Author J. P. Chaplin examines historical incidents of mob mentality, including "The Last Days of Rudolph Valentino," which culminated in a New York City riot of 80,000 mourning fans; "The Secrets of the Nunnery," involving the sack of a Boston convent by an angry crowd in search of children's skulls; "The Martians Invade New Jersey," in which a radio dramawas mistaken for a news broadcast; and other remarkable instances of mass delusion.

Author(s): J.P. Chaplin
Original Publish Date: Oct 20, 2015

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