Reviews

A Timely Book for America

"The Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS) is a rarely discussed metaphor of cutting down the "outliers" in society. This wonderfully factual and interesting book clearly presents this common syndrome with its cultural and historical differences. It is ultimately inspirational as it provides evidence of cultural variations that have encouraged idea leaders to find American TPS to be most tolerable and encouraging.

Tall poppy syndrome is easily understood in a cursory fashion. Variation from mediocrity is often hailed with scorn. Envy can be good; however, it is mostly treacherous. Dr. Garland has dissected TPS in this most through treatise to be of value to the psychology scholar. Even better, the author has provided clear examples of how TPS has directed mankind's development to such an extent as to be valuable to the serious history student.

Human examples of TPS in the lives of Genghis Khan, Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, and other luminaries are fascinatingly depicted. Subtle cultural and historical differences of TPS from China, Australia, Northern Europe, and America are beautifully described and their consequences presented. It is all brought home with specific examples of the TPS effect on early America.

America's handling of TPS is unique. The Tall Poppy (TP) has a specified right to growth and development. Its Constitution prohibits mob rule from thwarting the TP. However imperfect our protection of the TP, a large number of the world's tall poppies immigrate to America to thrive. One need only look at some of our greatest new and old spectacular companies to see that visionary people immigrated to this American culture. A national heart full of grace and tolerance has proved to win the age as far as human improvement is concerned.

Dr. Garland has shown that TPS changes as individual people, countries and cultures develop. Social media and globalization have the capacity to encourage good TP development. However, he warns us that "cancel culture" and other forms of mob rule have a long personal and cultural history of treachery ending in individual and cultural frustration and mediocrity."

~ D. Kevin Lester


"I was not sure what to expect from this book as I anticipated that “Tall Poppy Syndrome” (TPS) was just another name for an act of revenge due to anger or envy. After reading Dr. Garland’s book, I now have a much better understanding of the causes and examples of being “Tall Poppied”. The book goes into detail regarding the origin and history of TPS citing examples from ancient history to modern day politics. After reading the book I also felt like I had just completed a crash course on world history. I now try to analyze events that occur in my life as well as in the lives of famous people to determine if any of us are victims of being Tall Poppied. I think that readers will find the book thought provoking and enlightening!"

~ Terry Habig


"Very informative and interesting. Opens your eyes to what's going on around you. This is an extremely well written and researched book. The topic is fascinating and informative. It is thought provoking as well."

~ E. M. Vasilomanolakis


"Wow! This book really touched on something that I have observed and felt but could never put into words. Interestingly my friend’s very exceptional son had a situation in a medical setting where he was assured of an after graduation position at a hospital where he was well known. A new and more senior doctor, was hired. All of the sudden, my friend’s son's assured job offer was withdrawn. I told her I thought this new senior person was threatened or jealous. I continued to think about what had happened. Then somewhere I heard the term Tall Poppy Syndrome. Thanks to Google I found Dr. Douglas Garland’s book. I realized the motivations that Dr. Garland discusses, are in operation on almost a daily basis in areas of our lives. The book was very thorough in discussing TPS and related emotions that cause it to kick in. He explores the nuanced differences of emotions such as envy versus jealousy, anger versus revenge, the concept of schadenfreude, and more. Dr. Garland illustrates via real examples in history of how TPS and its related emotions actually created the course of history. This book is not a light read, but I definitely learned something and found the concepts really resonated with me."

~ Jean Klein


"In the world of human understanding, The Tall Poppy Syndrome, as thoroughly researched and explained by Dr Garland is a universal truth, understood and made legendary by the Greeks and Romans and referred to by world-wide societies, irrespective of ethnicity. There are but three basic elements, - the cutter, the cuttings s it’s aftermath and The Tall Poppy! Everyone knows about it, so why are we , in this country as reflected by the author, so surprised and so unaware of its existence? If nature abhors a vacuum, is it true that Homo sapiens abhors a tall poppy? Are we as Americans so imbued with our egalitarian society that we deny the existence of tall poppies and therefore, The Syndrome?

This book may well challenge the insight of the professional social psychologist, but in my opinion, is of equally broad appeal to the sentient observer of the human condition in society. Bravo land thank you for bringing the concept and corollaries into the light of my awareness."

~ P. F. Corbett


A groundbreaking work for the Tall Poppy Syndrome in America.

"I thought the first few chapters were somewhat academic, but necessary, as the author explained the concepts of the tall poppy syndrome. The subsequent chapters were interesting and enjoyable. I found myself thinking about who would be my “tall poppies” and “tall poppies” that have been cut down. While reading the book, I kept thinking about the amount of research that was required to write it. This is an important book on a subject that has been largely ignored in the Unites States. My personal opinion is the America has been a country that looked up to and respected their tall poppies and allowed them to flourish. I think those attitudes have been mostly beneficial to America. Unfortunately, I think the Tall Poppy Syndrome may be creeping into American culture."

~ Susan Reiman