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The Man Who Shocked the World

The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram

By Thomas Blass

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Format: Paperback / softback, 384 pages
Other Information: 25 illustrations
Published In: United States, 05 June 2005
This book presents an in-depth portrait of the 20th century scientist who garnered international attention for his Obedience Experiments and for originating the theory of six degrees of separation. Stanley Milgram was one of the most innovative scientists of our time. Creator of the famous Obedience Experiments carried out at Yale in the early 1960s, and originator of the 'six degrees of separation' theory, Milgram continues to be an intriguing figure in psychology and beyond. In this sparkling biography - the first in-depth portrait of Milgram - Thomas Blass captures the colourful exploits and pioneering work of an experimental psychologist who profoundly altered the way we think about human nature.Milgram's experiments, which confirmed that 'normal' people would readily inflict pain on innocent victims at the behest of an authority figure, generated a firestorm of public interest and outrage - proving, as they did, that moral beliefs were far more malleable than previously thought. But he also explored other aspects of social psychology, from information overload to television violence. His work continues to shape the way we live, think, and conduct research today. Blass offers a brilliant portrait of a flamboyant, visionary scientist who revealed the hidden workings of our very social world. In this new paperback edition, Blass offers an after-word connecting Milgram's research to recent events including war crimes, interrogation techniques, and more.New Afterword - in this new paperback edition, Blass offers an afterword connecting Milgram's research to recent events in the US and abroad, including war crimes, interrogation techniques, and more. The enduring interest in Milgram: this scientist's work proved that ordinary people could carry out evil acts without being coerced. His findings are just as relevant today as in the early 1960s when he first conducted his studies, as people draw links between the Obedience Experiments and Abu Ghraib, abuse at Guantanamo, etc.Backlist Potential: the paperback should open up a new market: armchair psychologists, therapists, students, and fans of biography should be interested in this edition. Recent news story: the book was recently at the centre of the well-reported case brought by the GMC against TV psychiatrist Raj Persaud, who was accused of plagiarising "The Man Who Shocked the World". Persaud was subsequently found guilty and struck off.

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About the Author

Thomas Blass, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


BBC Focus magazine "Milgram's notorious study forms the centrepiece of this outstanding biography - and rightly so, given its continued importance in understanding such horrors as the torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. But as author Thomas Blass makes clear, Milgram pioneered other major areas of research, including the famous 'Small World' effect...Blass does a fine job of weaving together Milgram's life and science, revealing a portrait of a genius who, ironically enough, had real problems with authority."

EAN: 9780465008070
ISBN: 0465008070
Publisher: Basic Books
Dimensions: 21.03 x 13.97 x 2.67 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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