Tag Archives: Crowds and Power

Recommended Books: Non-Fiction

I have been meaning to do a Part 2 to my Recommended Books: Fiction list – put together years ago. I wanted to recommend non-fiction, from history books to biographies to essays to whatever. Here is the Non-Fiction list. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Books: “Crowds and Power” (Elias Canetti)

And here is my next book in my Daily Book Excerpt: Next in my political philosophy shelf: Next book on this shelf is called Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti. I first encountered Canetti when I read Robert Kaplan’s book … Continue reading

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2005 Books Read

Here is the complete list of books I read in 2005. Underworld: A Novel, by Don DeLillo – which I had started in the fall of 2004- before I went to Ireland – and it took me FOREVER to finish … Continue reading

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Elias Canetti on Germany and Versailles

From Crowds and Power In the following section, Canetti (a German, born in 1905) writes more about Germany, and the Germans – in terms of their being a “crowd”. It’s a familiar story, told by William Shirer, by anyone who … Continue reading

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Elias Canetti on Germany’s “crowd symbol”

From Crowds and Power. This is the explanation of what a “national crowd symbol” is. In the book, Canetti discusses what he sees to be the “national crowd symbols” of 8 countries. Here is what he has to say about … Continue reading

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Elias Canetti – on National Crowd Symbols

From Crowds and Power. Now – for me – here is where Canetti’s book gets really juicy. Up until this point in the book, he had been studying so-called primitive societies – to see if there were connections in crowd … Continue reading

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Canetti: Fire as a “crowd symbol”

Elias Canetti wrote in Crowds and Power: Crowd symbols is the name I give to collective units which do not consist of men, but which are still felt to be crowds. Robert Kaplan, in his book Balkan Ghosts, comes back … Continue reading

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More from Elias Canetti

… whose book Crowds and Power (even though I finished it last week) continues to stay with me. It’s a mysterious book, in many ways it’s a frightening book. Published in 1960, I think, Canetti – a German – born … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading, Part 1

(generated by this post below): In terms of what I just finished reading, in the last two days: Elias Canetti’s extraordinary work Crowds and Power. I’ll post some more excerpts even though no one seems to give a shite. Ha. … Continue reading

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Robert Conquest to Elias Canetti

Finished The Great Terror yesterday. Have they taken away Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer yet? You know who struck me as even more ridiculous than Duranty? The “Webbs” , Beatrice and Stanley Webb. They sat at those trials, and saw justice being … Continue reading

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