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The true believer : thoughts on the nature of mass movements

Author: Eric Hoffer
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, [2002] ©2002
Series: Perennial classic.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Perennial Modern Classics editionView all editions and formats
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A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises examining mass movements--from Christianity in its infancy to the national uprisings of modern times. His analysis of the psychology of mass movements is a brilliant and frightening study of the mind of the fanatic.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Hoffer
ISBN: 0060505915 9780060505912
OCLC Number: 49805930
Notes: Originally published: New York : Harper & Row, 1951.
Description: xiii, 177 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Part 1. The appeal of mass movements --
The desire for change --
The desire for substitutes --
The interchangeability of mass movements --
Part 2. 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 --
Part 3. 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 --
Part 4. 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.
Series Title: Perennial classic.
Responsibility: Eric Hoffer.
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A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises examining mass movements--from Christianity in its infancy to the national uprisings of modern times. His analysis of the psychology of mass movements is a brilliant and frightening study of the mind of the fanatic.

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