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True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements - 51 edition

True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements - 51 edition

ISBN13: 9780060505912

ISBN10: 0060505915

True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer - ISBN 9780060505912
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 51
Copyright: 1951
Publisher: Perennial Library
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True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer - ISBN 9780060505912

ISBN13: 9780060505912

ISBN10: 0060505915

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 51
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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.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.

Author Bio

Hoffer, Eric :

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Appeal of Mass Movements

I. The Desire for Change
II. The Desire for Substitutes
III. The Interchangeability of Mass Movements

Part 2. The Potential Converts

IV. The Role of the Undesirables in Human Affairs
V. The Poor
The New Poor
The Abjectly Poor
The Free Poor
The Creative Poor
The Unified Poor
VI. Misfits
VII. The Inordinately Selfish
VIII. The Ambitious Facing Unlimited Opportunities
IX. Minorities
X. The Bored
XI. The Sinners

Part 3. United Action and Self-sacrifice

XII. Preface
XIII. 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
XIV. Unifying Agents
Hatred
Imitation
Persuasion and Coercion
Leadership
Action
Suspicion
The Effects of Unification

Part 4. Beginning and End

XV. Men of Words
XVI. The Fanatics
XVII. The Practical Men of Action
XVIII. 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