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The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics) by [Eric Hoffer]
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“Its theme is political fanaticism, with which it deals severely and brilliantly. . . . It owes its distinction to the fact that Hoffer is a born generalizer, with a mind that inclines to the wry epigram and icy aphorism as naturally as did that of the Duc de La Rochefoucauld.” -- New Yorker

“If you want concise insight into what drives the mind of the fanatic and the dynamics of a mass movement at their most primal level, may I suggest an evening with Eric Hoffer.” -- John McDonough, Wall St. Journal

“[Hoffer] is a student of extraordinary perception and insight. The range of his reading and research is vast, amazing. He has written one of the most provocative books of our immediate day.” -- Christian Science Monitor

“This brilliant and original inquiry into the nature of mass movements is a genuine contribution to our social thought.” -- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

The True Believer glitters with icy wit. . . bristles with deadly parallels. . . . It is a harsh and potent mental tonic.” -- New York Times

“Hoffer has outlined a remarkably clear and suggestive theory about the kind of social change he sums up as ‘mass movements,’ supplied concrete illustrative materials drawn from a wide historical range, and put them together in a brief, readable, and provocative book.” -- New York Herald Tribune --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN : B003TO5838
  • Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (May 10, 2011)
  • Publication date : May 10, 2011
  • Language : English
  • File size : 550 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 196 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 0060505915
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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