The Wave

Strasser, Todd

Paperback - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Wave
When history teacher Ben Ross starts a classroom experiment, with the intention of showing students the processes behind social control in Nazi Germany, things get out of hand and the power of group pressure becomes a frightening reality.

Publisher: New York :, Ember,, 2013
Edition: First Ember edition 2013
Copyright Date: ©1981
ISBN: 9780307979124
Branch Call Number: FIC S
Characteristics: 138 pages ; 21 cm.


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Sep 08, 2014
  • booklady413 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A look at how cults and group indoctrination can spread like a disease. Based on a true story , Strasser's novel reveals how an experiment by a high school history teacher called the wave takes over the whole school. Ben only wanted to show how someone like Adolph Hitler could have convinced the people of Nazi Germany that he was the best solution to their problems, and how they followed him like sheep. A great tie in with this book for a history project on youth and Nazi Germany is Swing Kids.

Mar 25, 2014

very good book, must read.

May 02, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Attached to a true story, THE WAVE is shocking in that it occurred; far-fetched as it may seem, it exposes the ease of growth for the roots of Nazism. This fictionalized account of the incident in 1969 tells the story of innovative history teacher Ben Ross and how it created an unquestioning student movement that observed disciplined unity first as equality, but then as superiority, wreaking havoc on the high school. Don't get me wrong; it won't be celebrated as a classic. It's simply not that kind of book, but written in such a terse manner, it would be ideal for a book report, simple young adult fiction with a tantalizing twist.

Mar 06, 2013
  • bookwormjade rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Dec 17, 2012
  • iluvvideo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fictionalized account of real life events.

A high school teacher dismayed by his students laid back, disinterest to his lesson about Hitler and the Holocaust decides to try an experiment.

What if, a society could be invented, stressing group conformity vs. individual thought; social equality for all members; and rigid adherence to discipline? And so began the Wave.

At first all seemed well. More attentive students, more material covered, increased group and individual pride and most of all a sense of belonging. Sounds good, huh? But at what cost?

If in fact I did not know that this in fact DID happen (Ron Jones 1967), with disastrous results I would not have believed it still possible. However, such groups offer some gains, but can also invite mindless conformity, violence and even mob rule.

Hopefully this book helps teach a very important lesson to us all. Be yourself, whatever that may be. And even more importantly, think for yourself. We'll all be better off if you do!

Mar 26, 2011
  • alihpforev rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome book describing to kids and adults a like i a fictionalized way about how it would have been under Nazi occupation during WWII.


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Jun 28, 2013
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May 02, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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