Few books deal directly with the Tall Poppy Syndrome, so specific, select readings for convenience are not possible. Those listed below are the most informative and enjoyable works I encountered. They also demonstrate the scope and variety of reading required to arrive at my understanding of TPS. These represent a small portion of the internet articles, scientific research, and books I consulted, many of which were simply dead ends. ~ Doug Garland, M.D.

Suggested Reading

Full Bibliography

  1. Alther, Lisa. Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance. Guildord, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2012.
  2. Ambrose, Stephen E. Crazy Horse and Custer. London: Simon and Schuster UK Ltd., 2003.
  3. Ambrose, Stephen E. Undaunted Courage. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996.
  4. Billan, Rumeet, and Todd Humber. The Tallest Poppy: Successful Women Pay a High Price for Success. Whitepaper. Canada: Viewpoint Leadership, Women of Influence, and Canadian HR Reporter, 2018.
  5. Booth, Michael. The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia. New York: Picador, 2014.
  6. Carson, Clayborne, ed. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Warner Books, 1998.
  7. Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. New York: Fawcett Crest, 1985.
  8. Clayton, John. Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands. New York: Pegasus Books, 2019.
  9. Collins, Jim. Good to Great. New York: HarperBusiness, 2001.
  10. Covey, Stephen. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. New York: Simon and Shuster, 1989.
  11. Darling, Ian, dir. The Final Quarter: Behind the Booing of Adam Goodes. Sydney, Australia: Shark Island Productions, 2019.
  12. Davenport, David, and Gordon Lloyd. Rugged Individualism: Dead or Alive? Stanford, CA: Hoover Press, 2017.
  13. de la Mora, Gonzalo Fernández. Egalitarian Envy: The Political Foundations for Social Justice. iUniverse, 2000.
  14. Feather, Norman T. “Tall Poppies, Deservingness, and Schadenfreude.” The Psychologist 25, No. 6. June 2012: 434–437. .
  15. Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.
  16. Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. New York: Bantam Books, 2005.
  17. Goleman, Daniel. Working with Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books, 2000.
  18. Gordon, Daniel, dir. The Australian Dream. London: Dogwoof Pictures and Victoria, Australia: Madman Entertainment, 2019.
  19. Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. New York: Vintage Books, 2012.
  20. Holland, Tom. Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic. New York: Anchor Books, 2005.
  21. Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese? New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1998.
  22. Laham, Simon M. The Science of Sin. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2012.
  23. Livy, The Early History of Rome (Penguin Classics)
  24. Peeters, Bert. “Tall Poppies and Egalitarianism in Australian Discourse: From Keyword to Cultural Value.” English World-Wide 25, no. 1 (January 2004): 1–25. https://doi.ort/10.1075/eww.25.1.02pee.
  25. Peters, Thomas J., and Robert H. Waterman Jr. In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies. New York: Harper Business, 2006.
  26. Salovey, Peter, ed. The Psychology of Jealousy and Envy. Edited by Peter Salovey. New York: The Guilford Press, 1991.
  27. Schoeck, Helmut. Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour. Translated by Betty Ross and Michael Glenny. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book. New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1969.
  28. Smith, Richard H. The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  29. Stanton, Doug. In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2001.
  30. Stewart, James B. Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff. New York: Penguin Press, 2011.
  31. Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard. Trust. Gylling, Denmark: Narayana Press, 2014.
  32. Vance, J. D. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. New York: Harper, 2016.
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