The True Believer

The True Believer

Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

Book - 1951
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Baker & Taylor
Discusses the appeal of mass movements, types of potential converts, factors promoting self-sacrifice, and good and bad mass movements

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“[Eric Hoffer] is a student of extraordinary perception and insight. The range of his reading and research is vast, amazing. [The True Believer is] one of the most provocative books of our immediate day.”—Christian Science Monitor

The famous bestseller with “concise insight into what drives the mind of the fanatic and the dynamics of a mass movement” (Wall St. Journal) by Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Eric Hoffer, The True Believer is a landmark in the field of social psychology, and even more relevant today than ever before in history. Called a “brilliant and original inquiry” and “a genuine contribution to our social thought” by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., The True Believer is mandatory reading for anyone interested in the machinations by which an individual becomes a fanatic.



Publisher: New York : Harper, [1951]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060916121
0060916125
Characteristics: xiii, 176 p. ; 20 cm

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buckcameron
Jun 15, 2017

The comment below is very interesting in that it unwittingly illustrates Hoffer's views so eloquently.

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DoctoStrangelove
Sep 22, 2014

It is estimated that algore is worth a half a billion dollars, most of which has been generated by his global warming scam. It makes no difference to observe that the polar caps have twice as much ice as they did in the nineties when Gore predicted they would disappear by today. The truth makes no difference, the only important thing is to be part of the movement much as Hoffer explains in this brilliant book.

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norma777
Aug 03, 2014

Fascinating, fresh and relevant. If you only read one book this year, choose this one. Powerful insights for anyone who seeks to understand why and how people become fanatics - about left or right politics, religion, or anything else. A must read.

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bsevertsen
Apr 09, 2012

I had to look back a few times to check the original publish date (1951) because this book read like it was written in 2011, with the Arab Spring, Occupy, Tea Party, shock radio and fundamentalist religions in mind. It is a collection of thoughts (not scientific inquiry) and Hoffer carefully notes this. A must read - this will be one that I buy for the home library.

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