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              Groupthink: A Study in Self Delusion
               

              Groupthink: A Study in Self Delusion (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Booker, Christopher

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                15 Apr 20

              In Groupthink, his final book, the late, eminent journalist and bestselling author Christopher Booker seeks to identify the hidden key to understanding much that is disturbing about the world today. With reference to the ideas of a Yale professor who first identified the theory, ...and to the writings of George Orwell from whose 'newspeak' the word was adapted, Booker sheds new light on the remarkable - and worrying - effects of 'groupthink', and its influence on our society. Booker defines the three rules of groupthink: the adoption of a common view or belief not based on objective reality; the establishment of a consensus of right-minded people, an 'in group'; and the need to treat the views of anyone who questions the belief as wholly unacceptable. He shows how various interest groups, journalists and even governments in the twenty-first century have subscribed to this way of thinking, with deeply disturbing results. As Booker shows, such thinking has led to a culture of fear, with countless examples throughout history, from Revolutionary Russia to Napoleonic France and Hitler's Germany. In the present moment it has caused countless errors in judgement and the division of society into highly polarised, oppositional factions. From the behaviour of the controversial Rhodes Must Fall movement; the sacking of James Damore of Google; society's attitudes towards gender equality; the Iraq war and the 'European Dream', careers and lives have been lost as those in the 'in-group' police society with their new form of puritanism. As Booker argues, only by examining its underlying causes can we understand the sinister power of groupthink which permeates all aspects of our lives.
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              ISBN 9781472979544
              Released NZ 15 Apr 2020
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              Groupthink: A Study in Self Delusion
               

              Groupthink: A Study in Self Delusion (Hardback)

              By Booker, Christopher

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              Politics has always been colored by groupthink. Each political party or faction or grouping naturally has its own idea of how it sees the world more clearly than its rivals. Political decisions have ended badly because a little group of powerful men have collectively become so fi...xated on a single narrow view of what they hoped to achieve that they shut their minds to anything that contradicts it. Take for example the recklessly obsessive way in which George W. Bush and Tony Blair launched their invasion of Iraq in 2003; the rise of Islamic movements recently such as Al Qaeda or ISIS. This has shown us the power of group think at its ultimate extreme. So contagious was the power of that particular form of group think that thousands more would-be jihadists flocked to join the cause so intoxicated by the thought of randomly killing infidels that they were happy to commit suicide in pursuit of their fantasy cause. Christopher Booker investigates global warming, political correctness (the new age of thought-crime) racism, sexism, positive discrimination, hostility to religion, the United States of Europe and even Charles Darwin. It is only by obtaining some sort of insight into the psychology of crowds that it can be understood how powerless they are to hold any opinions other than those that are imposed upon them.
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              ISBN 9781472959058
              Released NZ 15 Apr 2020
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              The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories
               

              The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Booker, Christopher

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              This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature t...o the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. But this is only the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are 'programmed' to imagine stories in these ways, and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology. Drawing on a vast array of examples, from Proust to detective stories, from the Marquis de Sade to E.T., Christopher Booker then leads us through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past 200 years, and why so many stories have 'lost the plot' by losing touch with their underlying archetypal purpose. Booker analyses why evolution has given us the need to tell stories and illustrates how storytelling has provided a uniquely revealing mirror to mankind's psychological development over the past 5000 years. This seminal book opens up in an entirely new way our understanding of the real purpose storytelling plays in our lives, and will be a talking point for years to come.
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              ISBN 9781472976185
              Released NZ 21 Jan 2020
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              The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with 'climate Change' Turning Out to be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History?

              The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with 'climate Change' Turning Out to be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History? (Hardback)

              By Booker, Christopher; North, Richard

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              Blame for global warming is placed directly on the greed and materialism of the richer Western nations in general, and on the USA and the giant corporations in particular. This book presents a perceptive and a subtle study of such moods in the collective unconscious.

              ISBN 9781441110527
              Released NZ 17 Oct 2009
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              Scared to Death: From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares are Costing Us the Earth
               

              Scared to Death: From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares are Costing Us the Earth (EPUB ebook)

              By Booker, Christopher; North, Richard

              From salmonella in eggs to BSE, from the Millennium Bug to bird 'flu, from DDT to passive smoking, from asbestos to global warming, 'scares' have become one of the most conspicuous and damaging features of our modern world. This book tells the inside story of each of the major sc...ares, showing how they have followed a remarkably consistent pattern.
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              ISBN 9781408183458
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              Released NZ 17 Jan 2013
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the obsession with 'climate change' turning out to be the most costly scientific blunder in history?
               

              The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the obsession with 'climate change' turning out to be the most costly scientific blunder in history? (EPUB ebook)

              By Booker, Christopher

              Booker focuses his attention on the mother of all environmental scares: global warming.

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              Released NZ 31 Jan 2013
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              The Great Deception: The Secret History of the European Union
               

              The Great Deception: The Secret History of the European Union (EPUB ebook – New Edition)

              By Booker, Christopher; North, Richard

              Reveals for the first time the true story behind the long-term plan to build a politically united Europe. Traces how a handful of determined visionaries set out more than half a century ago to weld the countries of Europe into a single political state.

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              Released NZ 7 Apr 2016
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories
               

              The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories (EPUB ebook)

              By Booker, Christopher

              Examines the basis of story telling in literature, film, and libretto. This book provides an answer to the riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using many examples, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes.The author then leads u...s through the changes in the nature of storytelling.
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              ISBN 9781441116512
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              Released NZ 11 Nov 2005
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              The Great Deception: Can the European Union survive? - EU Referendum Edition
               

              The Great Deception: Can the European Union survive? - EU Referendum Edition (Trade Paperback / Paperback, New Edition)

              By Booker, Christopher; North, Richard

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              Now published with a new preface explaining why The Great Deception is of the utmost importance today as it was when it was first published and to coincide with Great Britain's EU referendum in 2016, this book suggests that the United States of Europe and its edict of 'ever close...r union' have been based on a colossal confidence trick. The Great Deception tells for the first time the inside story of the most audacious political project of modern times: the plan to unite Europe under a single 'supranational' government. From the 1920s, when the blueprint for the European Union was first conceived by a British civil servant, this meticulously documented account takes the story right up to the moves to give Europe a political constitution, already planned 60 years ago to be the 'crowning dream' of the whole project. The book shows how the gradual assembling of a European government has amounted to a 'slow motion coup d'etat', based on a strategy of deliberate deception, into which Britain's leaders, Macmillan and Heath, were consciously drawn. Drawing on a wealth of new evidence, scarcely an episode of the story does not emerge in startling new light, from the real reasons why de Gaulle kept Britain out in the 1960s to the fall of Mrs Thatcher. The book chillingly shows how Britain's politicians, not least Tony Blair, were consistently outplayed in a game the rules of which they never understood. But it ends by asking whether, from the euro to enlargement, the 'project' has now overreached itself, as a gamble doomed to fail. Since their collaboration began in 1992, Christopher Booker, a Sunday Telegraph columnist, and Richard North, who worked for four years in Brussels and Strasbourg as a senior researcher, have won a unique reputation for their expertise on Britain's relationship to the
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              ISBN 9781472939661
              Released NZ 7 Apr 2016
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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