The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

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"Its theme is political fanaticism, with which it deals severely and brilliantly." -New Yorker 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. Called a "brilliant and original inquiry" and "a genuine contribution to our social thought" by Arthur ...

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diebroke

Mar 14, 2013

Manipulating us

The techniques that mass movements use are useful to understand - from politicians to religious movements the characteristics are simple, repeatable and successful - read so you know how you are being manipulated.

aunty

Apr 1, 2009

Though relatively short what it lacks in volume it more than makes up for in content quality. It is difficult to find a better treatise on the nature (antecedants, behaviors, consequences) of zealots or fanatics. His analysis is both original and coldly accurate. Both descriptively and prescriptively. A classic with timeless value.

Alexander711

Sep 6, 2007

Wonderful book

The True Believer is a wonderful and witty exploration into the minds of fanatics and zealots. Completely interesting from the first word to the last; Eric Hoffer throws you head first into a concise, logical and complete examination of the fanatic's mind and the environment which creates him.

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