The True Believer Paperback – October 6, 1989
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"One of the most provocative books of our immediate day." -- Christian Science Monitor
From the Back Cover
A highly provocative, bestselling analysis of the fanatic -- the individual compelled to join a cause, any cause -- and a penetrating study of mass movements from early Christianity to modern nationalism and Communism.
Reporting on the true believer, Air Hoffer examines with Machiavellian detachment mass movements, from Christianity in its infancy to the national uprisings of our own day. His analysis of the psychology of mass movements is a brilliant and frightening study of the mind of the fanatic, the individual whose, personal failings lead him to join a cause, any cause, even at peril to life -- or yours.
- Item Weight : 4.9 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060916125
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060916121
- Dimensions : 0.5 x 5.25 x 8 inches
- Publisher : HarpPeren; 8th edition (October 6, 1989)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #591,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was written in 1951 and I first read it sometime in the early 70s. Hoffer is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest observers of the human condition ever. All his works are short, concise, with no wasted words or hyperbole.
After the attack of September 11 and all of the pundits attempting to tell us why, I kept thinking, "they are missing the real story". Upon rereading "True Believer" this weekend I was reminded of how right he has it. By delving into the history of civilization's upheavals he explains how and why we continue to see this phenomenon and how it may play out.