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The true believer : thoughts on the nature of mass movements

Author: Eric Hoffer
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2010.
Series: HarperPerennial classics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
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"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Hoffer
ISBN: 9780062029355 0062029355
OCLC Number: 754110706
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface --
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 --
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 --
Unifying agents --
Part 4. Beginning and end --
Men of words --
The fanatics --
The practical men of action --
Good and bad mass movements.
Series Title: HarperPerennial classics.
Responsibility: Eric Hoffer.

Abstract:

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 Schlesinger, Jr., this landmark in the field of social psychology is completely relevant and essential for understanding the world today as it delivers a visionary, highly provocative look into the mind of the fanatic and a penetrating study of how an individual becomes one. --

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