Power is a dangerous thing. It gives "Strength through discipline. Strength through community. Strength through power." This is the irrepressible mantra of The Wave, an organization of power, a social experiment created by high school history teacher Ben Ross. Mr. Ross creates this experiment out of curiosity, and to illustrate to his students the terror of uncontrollable power, such that the Nazis possessed during World War II. The Wave is a captivating novel written by Todd Strasser, based on actual events occurring in a California high school in 1969.
What begins as a creative history lesson quickly snowballs into something greater and more dominant than anyone would have expected. Mr. Ross tries to show his students the appeal of following the strict dictatorship of Hitler, and ends up enticing them all into his test. Most students find the strength and power of joining The Wave appealing, yet Laurie Saunders, the smart and popular main character, manages to see past the charm of the cult. As The Wave gains momentum, holding rallies, forcing a salute from all who want to watch a football game and giving special control to its members, more outsiders are drawn, and the few against the group are shunned. It takes an attack on a non-Wave member to truly awaken the harm of The Wave to Laurie, but her concerns are forcefully stifled by Wave members. Will Laurie be able to show The Wave the error of its ways, or is history destined to repeat itself? By W. Pedia
Macht Durch Disziplin
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Both movies are based on the real experience of a high school class in Palo Alto, California in April 1969.