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Groupthink : a study in self delusion

Author: Christopher Booker; Richard North
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Continuum, 2020.
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In Groupthink, his final book, the late, eminent journalist and bestselling author Christopher Booker seeks to identify the hidden key to understanding much that is disturbing about the world today. With reference to the ideas of a Yale professor who first identified the theory, and to the writings of George Orwell from whose 'newspeak' the word was adapted, Booker sheds new light on the remarkable - and worrying -  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Booker; Richard North
ISBN: 9781472959058 1472959051 1472979540 9781472979544
OCLC Number: 1064527895
Description: xii, 223 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The rules of Groupthink --
Part I. Political correctness --
a first case study: 1. The origins of political correctness ; 2. Hatred and make-believe rule, OK? ; 3. The real nature of 'Political correctness' --
Part II. Groupthink and times of change --
A detour into history ; 4. Times of change: How dreams become nightmares ; 5. The 'Fantasy cycle' and the 'Swinging Sixties' ; 6. Groupthink and the 'European Project' ; 7. Global warming ; 8. The strange story of Darwinism --
A conclusion by Richard North.
Responsibility: Christopher Booker ; edited by Richard North.

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Bestselling author and columnist Christopher Booker considers whether we have found ourselves in the grip of self-delusion and the mentality of the crowd.  Read more...

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