The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind is a brilliant treatise on the workings of crowds. Gustave Le Bon examines many different kinds of crowds and how they work. He differentiates between different kinds of crowds such as mobs, juries, elected bodies, and simple crowds. This landmark book is one of the most influential books ever written on this subject. An important book for anyone studying or working in the fields of sociology, law, and psychology.
Published: Start Publishing LLC an imprint of NBN Books on Apr 10, 1960
I picked up this book after reading Ann Coulter's Demonic. In her book, she uses the study of mob (what in Le Bon's time was referred to as "crowd") to illustrate how correct he was and how human nature has not changed. Even without Ms. Coulter's examples, one cannot read the original publication and not think of contemporary representations of Le Bon's findings. Just a few generations post-French Revolution the social psychologist utilizes occurrences during the French uprisings and unreasoned actions of the mob, especially when mob sentiment contradicted itself soon after one riotous action after another. I did find Le Bon's philosophy irreligious as he frequently lumped Buddha, Mahomet and Jesus as leaders of mobs and instigators of deadly actions long after their deaths.read more