I think I first heard of Eric Hoffer decades ago, but I never got around to reading anything by him. I really wish I had read this book at least 20 years ago. His insights into much of what appears totally insane and contradictory and paradoxical in the world today, from the media, to education, to politics, can be explained in part by this book. I look at the bizarre fanaticism of the protesters tearing down their own history (statues) and wonder what drugs they must be on, or how stupid they must be, to think that it's a good idea. And yet, here within 168 pages of easy-to-read text is an explanation to why people are responding to the gaslighting as they are. It dovetails will with some other books, such as "The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics..." by Anonymous Conservative, Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago," Vox Day's "SJW's Always Lie," Hyak's "Road to Serfdom," Evan's "Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy", and "Equality: The Impossible Quest" by van Creveld (yes, that's an odd list, but they really work together well).
I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone trying to understand the insanity they see all around them today, and are seeking an understanding of the psychology behind it. It should be required reading by all high school students, and anyone who feels lost in today's world. Knowing how to stay mentally safe, and not get led astray and gaslight and manipulated by unscrupulous media and politicians is more important than ever.