poll which is far too full of washing

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Sep 15 23:32:44 EDT 1999


On Wed, 15 Sep 1999 19:05:40 -0400, McMullin, Elise wrote:

>	Deborah's question reminds me of another book which I also recommend
>as a great read.  It's called Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the
>Madness of Crowds.  It has those descriptive chapter headings.  It was
>written by Charles McKay and first published in 1841, methinks.  But I've
>seen it at bookstores because it keeps getting reprinted.
>
>At any rate, it's a great nonfiction book all about crazes throughout
>history, from the economic (market bubbles, the tulip craze) to the
>murderous (poisoners, witch trials).  I recommend it to you whatever age you
>are - I used it to write some school reports because it was less dry and
>more interesting than other sources.  The author really gets into the
>*stories.*  Plus, it has a great title.  :)

That reminds me of _Bellwether_ by Connie Willis, which is about fads...the
chapter headings aren't like Howl's but are snippets describing historical
fads...very very good.

Melissa Proffitt
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