A Colorful History of Popular Delusions. Robert E. Bartholomew, Peter Hassall. Prometheus Books.

A Colorful History of Popular Delusions Book Cover A Colorful History of Popular Delusions
Robert E. Bartholomew, Peter Hassall
Prometheus Books
October 13, 2015

This eclectic history of unusual crowd behavior describes a rich assortment of mass phenomena ranging from the amusing and quirky to the shocking and deplorable. What do fads, manias, urban legends, moral panics, riots, and other mass expressions of emotion have in common? By creating a typology of such behavior, past and present, the authors show just how prevalent extraordinary group reactions to fear and excitement are.

Vital, detailed, and thoroughly researched, this is a fascinating overview of collective human behavior in its many unusual forms.

Robert E. Bartholomew is the author of twelve previous books, most recently Mass Hysteria in Schools (with Robert Rickard), and more than sixty articles in professional journals, including the British Medical Journal and the International Journal of Social Psychiatry. He holds a PhD in medical sociology.