True Believer Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

ISBN-10: 0060505915
ISBN-13: 9780060505912
Edition: 1951
Authors: Eric Hoffer
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 1951
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

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.

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.

Preface
The Appeal of Mass Movements
The Desire for Change
The Desire for Substitutes
The Interchangeability of Mass Movements
The Potential Converts
The Role of the Undesirables in Human Affairs
The Poor
The New Poor
The Abjectly Poor
The Free Poor
The Creative Poor
The Unified Poor
Misfits
The Inordinately Selfish
The Ambitious Facing Unlimited Opportunities
Minorities
The Bored
The Sinners
United Action and Self-sacrifice
Preface
Factors Promoting Self-sacrifice
Identification with a Collective Whole
Make-believe
Deprecation of the Present
"Things Which Are Not"
Doctrine
Fanaticism
Mass Movements and Armies
Unifying Agents
Hatred
Imitation
Persuasion and Coercion
Leadership
Action
Suspicion
The Effects of Unification
Beginning and End
Men of Words
The Fanatics
The Practical Men of Action
Good and Bad Mass Movements
The Unattractiveness and Sterility of the Active Phase
Some Factors Which Determine the Length of the Active Phase
Useful Mass Movements
Notes

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