Recommended book for 2017-March
"The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements"
by Eric Hoffer.
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$10.39 in Kindle format, or $132.60 in hardcover plus postage, or $11.35 in plus postage in paperback format.
Two book reviews:
- Christian Science Monitor "[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.”
- Amazon.com: 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.
This book was originally not intended to be the selection for March. However our Contributing Editor, Susan Humphreys, wrote an essay about True Believers in the United States of Hate" where she said:
"There have been many ... articles since the 2016 election trying to figure out and justify why so many people voted for Trump and why there is such a great divide between urban and rural areas of the U.S., and between Conservatives, Liberals and Progressives.
Answers to some of the questions can be found in a 1951 book written by Eric Hoffer "The True Believer, Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movement."
From the Back Cover:
"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.
About the Author:
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.
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Originally written: 2009-MAY-03
Latest update: 2017-MAR-01
Author: B.A. Robinson