Crowds And Power
‘Crowds and Power’ is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology. Breathtaking in its range and erudition, it explores Shiite festivals and the English Civil war, the finger exercises of monkeys and the effects of inflation in Weimar Germany. In this study of the interplay of crowds, Canetti offers one of the most profound and startling portraits of the human condition.
Considered one of the great books of the twentieth century Crowds and Power was the work responsible for winning Elias Canetti the 1981 Nobel Prize. From the destructive behaviour of soccer crowds to the horror of tyrannical rulers and from Bushmen and Pueblo Indian rain dances to the pilgrimage to Mecca, the author takes us on a fascinating journey through anthropology, psychology, biology, religion and literature. Ranging from the deeply profound to the overtly controversial – from the finger exercises of monkeys to the hallucinations of alcoholics – this book will change forever the way you look at groups of people and realise their awesome potential to be manipulated for good or for evil. He concludes that ‘If we would master power we must face command openly and boldly, and search for means to deprive it of its sting’.
This book will change forever the way you look at groups of people and the whole concept of power.