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Extraordinary popular delusions & the madness of crowds

Author: Charles Mackay
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [199-?], ©1980.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Originally published in 1841, this classic is a serious but frequently hilarious study of mass madness, crowd psychology, and human folly throughout the ages. Chronicled here are accounts of swindles, schemes, and scams, as well as fads and delusions that have sprung from ideas, beliefs, and causes that still have champions today: the prophecies of Nostradamus, the imminent coming of Judgment Day, the Rosicrucians,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1900
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Mackay
ISBN: 051788433X 9780517884331
OCLC Number: 39971235
Notes: "With facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852."
Originally published: Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions. London : R. Bentley, 1841.
Description: xxv, 740 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Mississippi scheme --
The South Sea bubble --
The tulipomania --
The alchymists --
Modern prophecies --
Fortune-telling --
The magnetisers --
Influence of politics and religion on the hair and beard --
The Crusades --
The witch mania --
The slow poisoners --
Haunted houses --
Popular follies of great cities --
Popular admiration of great thieves --
Duels and ordeals --
Relics.
Other Titles: Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions
Responsibility: by Charles Mackay ; with a foreword by Andrew Tobias.
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Originally published in 1841, this classic is a serious but frequently hilarious study of mass madness, crowd psychology, and human folly throughout the ages. Chronicled here are accounts of swindles, schemes, and scams, as well as fads and delusions that have sprung from ideas, beliefs, and causes that still have champions today: the prophecies of Nostradamus, the imminent coming of Judgment Day, the Rosicrucians, and astrology. The book also surveys controversial people and movements of the past: witch burnings, the Crusades, necromancy, Mesmerism, and tulipmania. Here are the human quirks that make stocks and hemlines rise and fall, hairstyles change, and beards sprout. For every reader who has ever been a part of it all--remember McCarthyism and Elvis?--or is just curious about grand-scale madness, schemes, and bamboozlement, here is a book that shows how any age, even ours, is susceptible to mindless hysteria.--From publisher description.

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