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The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780060505912
ISBN10: 0060505915
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“[Eric Hoffer] is a student of extraordinary perception and insight. The range of his reading and research is vast, amazing. [The True Believer is] one of the most provocative books of our immediate day.”—Christian Science Monitor

The famous bestseller with “concise insight into what drives the mind of the fanatic and the dynamics of a mass movement” (Wall St. Journal) by Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Eric Hoffer, The True Believer is a landmark in the field of social psychology, and even more relevant today than ever before in history. Called a “brilliant and original inquiry” and “a genuine contribution to our social thought” by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., The True Believer is mandatory reading for anyone interested in the machinations by which an individual becomes a fanatic.

Synopsis:

A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises in his spare time while living in the railroad yards. The True Believer — the first and most famous of his books — was made into a bestseller when President Eisenhower cited it during one of the earliest television press conferences.Completely relevant and essential for understanding the world today, The True Believer is a visionary, highly provocative look into the mind of the fanatic and a penetrating study of how an individual becomes one.

About the Author

Eric Hoffer (1902 — 1983) was self-educated. He worked in restaurants, as a migrant fieldworker, and as a gold prospector. After Pearl Harbor, he worked as a longshoreman in San Francisco for twenty-five years. The author of more than ten books, including The Passionate State of Mind, The Ordeal of Change, and The Temper of Our Time, Eric Hoffer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.

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OffTheCuff, April 18, 2009 (view all comments by OffTheCuff)
I first read this book as a doctoral student in the area of religious sectarianism--a field having any number of fanatics. No book I read then or since more briefly or exactly analyses what goes into the development of the kind of obsessive personality which places belief above reason and objectives above morality. Anyone wanting to understand the motivations, justifications, and rationales involved in present-day terrorism would do well to consider what Hoffer has to say.
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sabrinamariee, November 1, 2006 (view all comments by sabrinamariee)
excellent read
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060505912
Subtitle:
Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
Author:
Hoffer, Eric
Author:
by Eric Hoffer
Publisher:
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Fanaticism
Subject:
Social groups
Subject:
Social participation
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Perennial Classics
Series Volume:
150-101-686
Publication Date:
20100119
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.00x5.30x.46 in. .36 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises in his spare time while living in the railroad yards. The True Believer — the first and most famous of his books — was made into a bestseller when President Eisenhower cited it during one of the earliest television press conferences.Completely relevant and essential for understanding the world today, The True Believer is a visionary, highly provocative look into the mind of the fanatic and a penetrating study of how an individual becomes one.
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